Help Military Families!
I have recently decided to attempt my first marathon and picked the honorable annual Marine Corps Marathon. I plan to run with honor and pride for all of our servicemen and women! In order to earn my race bib, I have committed to meet a fundraising goal for The Fisher House Foundation.
Please consider helping me meet this goal and truly put the words “thank you for your service” into action by supporting my campaign for Fisher House Foundation. Here is some information about the truly amazing Fisher House Foundation:
The Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and, in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since it’s inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $400+ million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation. I chose this foundation to raise funds for because of the amazing things that this foundation achieves along with its 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 15 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch /American Institute of Philanthropy.
Here is just one of many stories from the Fisher House...
Senior Master Sergeant Richard (Joe) Chwalik was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries suffered during a deployment to Afghanistan. But it was the birth of his son, Jeremy, that brought Fisher House into his life.
Jeremy’s parents were stationed in Ramstein, Germany when Jeremy came into the world. Born with heart issues, a club foot, and Down syndrome, the base hospital was not equipped to care for his medical needs. Within hours of his birth, Jeremy and his mom, Erika, were on a military cargo plane headed to Washington, D.C. to get the specialty pediatric care he desperately needed.
After settling Jeremy into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his mom headed to the Fisher House. This would be the first of many stays at a Fisher House for the Chwalik family, as Jeremy received treatment as a newborn, and again four years later when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
I can’t imagine the fear the Chwalik family had while their son was in the hospital, but I do know that I wanted to do something to help military families like them. That’s why I signed up as a fundraiser for Fisher House Foundation!
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!
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