Why I am running with Team Fisher House
I am training to run the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28, 2018 with Team Fisher House.
In 1991 the first Fisher House opened at Bethesda Naval Medical Center so that families of our armed services members who were being treated in that hospital would have a place to stay. Since then, another 70 such Fisher Houses have been opened across the country near military hospitals so that the families of our service men and women have a place to stay when their loved one has been injured while defending our liberties.
Since 1990, Fisher House has helped over 300,000 military families with over 7 million days of lodging.
Last year, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon with my friend Steve as a member of Team Fisher House. I ran in memory of my dad and all of the service he provided to veterans as an administrator and patient advocate in the V.A. healthcare system from the 1970s into the 1990s. My dad was a Disabled American Veteran, and I could not think of a charity more fitting to honor his military service and service to veterans than Fisher House.
I also ran last year's marathon wearing the dogtags of my dear friend Isaac. Isaac is a WWII Marine Corps veteran who has also been active in the lives of many veterans receiving care in the V.A.
After the marathon ended, I was able to spend some time with 'Doc' and Maria Moss. Doc was the keynote speaker at our team dinner last year - he helped to spearhead the local fundraising for a Fisher House in Las Vegas after he severely hurt his back in service to our nation. When Doc was transported to a V.A. hospital, his new wife, Maria, had to sleep in the hospital parking lot while he received treatment in order to be with him! Maria and Doc inspired me to continue working with Fisher House in order to reach more veterans and their families, such as Heather Carter, who you can read about on my team page: http://fhf.convio.net/goto/OLDDOGS18
Fisher House also sponsors scholarship programs and "Miles for Heroes," which takes donated airline travel miles and disburses them to wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families who need to travel.
Please considering donating to this cause, and please keep our military families in your prayers.
Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 14 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.
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