My MCM Journey
I am not a runner. I guess that is funny to say as I am fundraising for my marathon run. I have even hesitated to join a fundraising team as I have doubted my own ability to complete this monumental task. I started training in April saying that I was going to "attempt to train" to run this marathon. This week I finished a 16 mile run. It isn't fast or pretty... but I am doing it. I am confident that I have put in the miles to really do it-or at the very least give it all that I have got trying!
When I think of why I am doing this.-I have a lot of time to think while running- I did want to add meaning to the miles. For a while now, I have looked for charities that align with my personal values while also accomplishing their mission. Fisher House is it. Below you will read Senior Airman Heather Carter's story. Fisher House is there for the people that fight for us. They are an A+ rated charity with 4 stars. Please help me support them... and know you will be getting every dollar's worth from my run! As I mentioned before-It might not be fast or pretty... but I am doing it!
Senior Airman Heather Carter was looking forward to a long military career when disaster struck. Injured in a freak accident, Heather’s left leg was badly shattered, and her life was changed forever.
In her words: “I had been such an extrovert; I loved sports and loved life. Then the accident, and my life changed overnight, and so did I. The chronic pain forced me to isolate. I became a hermit. I was hooked on meds. Depression became rampant. And yes, I thought heavily about suicide.”
After 14 grueling surgeries over four years, Heather and her doctors made the tough decision to amputate her leg. Her mom, Vicky Carter, quit her job to be at her daughter’s side, and took on the role of caretaker and advocate during Heather’s rehabilitation process. They stayed at Fisher House for more than a year.
Describing her time at Fisher House, Vicky said “In your darkest hours, when you think you have nowhere to turn, Fisher House offers a glimmer of hope. It was like a hand reaching down and pulling you up. You knew it was going to be okay.”
You can help military and veterans families feel that glimmer of hope when they need it most, at a time of a medical crisis.
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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