Team ZDT to make a triumphant return to Washington!!!!
What better way is there to honor a fallen hero and friend and help military familes? By running the Army ten miler with the Fisher house foundation!
I'm happy to be participating in this very charitable event with both old team mates and a few new faces.Team ZDT is excited to start raising money for this benevalent charity in honor of our friend SGT. Zachary Tellier.
Zach was a lot of things to his friends. A drummer, a carpenter, a rugby fan, a free spirit who was always up for a crazy adventure at any time of day or night, a loyal friend and an honorable man. A guy who would seemingly be in a constant battle to find his path in life yet found a way to touch so many people in such a profound way along his journey. It was that battle in life that would eventual lead him into the millitary.
Zach joined the army at the age of 29 and for the first time in his life his purpose was clear.. Zach was a soldier! A soldier in mind, body and spirit. He embraced his roll with such gusto that he soon found himself as an air ranger in the 82nd Airborn division. A very prestigious position that he took great pride in.
It wasn't long before Zach was awarded two purple hearts for saving the lives of two of his fellow soldiers that were trapped in a burnung Humvee. With severe burns to both hands Zach was able to climb up to the turret of the Humvee and return fire on the enemy before pulling his team to safety.
Zachs last battle would take place on Sept 29th 2007 in firebase wilderness Afghanistan.where he was KIA from enemy fire with the Talaban.
Today Zachs friends and family use the Fisher house foundation as a platform to honor his spirit and help military families. Team ZDT is in its 5th year and has raised over $20,000 to date for families of wounded veterans. We are looking to keep this momentum going and will ramp up our fundraising efforts with your help. The following is a short story of a family that has benifited from the Fisher house foundation
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.
When Jeremy was born, the Chwaliks were a dual-military couple stationed in Ramstein, Germany. His mom, Erika, knew there were going to be complications when he was born, but not the extent. The base hospital wasn’t equipped to deal with Jeremy’s two congenital heart issues, a club foot, and Down syndrome. He needed specialty pediatric care that meant leaving his dad and brother in Germany, while he and his mom came back to the States for his medical treatment.
Within hours of his birth, Jeremy and his mom were on a military cargo plane headed to Washington, D.C. After settling Jeremy into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Erika headed to the Fisher House.
This would be the first of many stays at a Fisher House for the Chwalik family, as little Jeremy received treatment as a newborn, and again four years later when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“Since Jeremy’s birth five years ago, the Fisher House has been a saving grace when we least expected it,” said Erika. “Fisher House allows you to have a normal life in an abnormal circumstance.”
You can help military and veterans’ families, like the Chwalik’s, feel that sense of normality when they need it most, during a medical crisis.
Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator 15 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.
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