PJ's Team Fisher House Fundraising Page
Welcome to my fundraising page for 2019!
I will be running with Team Fisher House for the third year in a row, but this year I will be running a new race as a Team Fisher House (TFH) runner.
After running the Marine Corps Marathon the past two years with TFH, this year I will be running the Army Ten Miler on October 13 in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC. I also ran "unoficially" for TFH at the Marine Corps Devil Dog Double (that is the Marine Corps Semper 5ive and the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, run consecutively) on May 19. I was able to meeting up with some other TFH runners in my yellow team colors (that might look like but are not a Columbian soccer uniform). I got a change to tackle "Hospital Hill" (twice) in the city where the buildup to Gettysburg all began, Fredericksburg, VA. I had a really fun time and completed the Semper 5ive in 47:49 and the Historic Half Marathon in 2:04:01.
Why do I run for Fisher House?
In 2017 my good friend Steve* asked me to run the Marine Corps Marathon with him. I said sure, as long as we could get in, and I thought it was a longshot because I had tried entering the lottery in 2002 and I didn't get in. Steve told me we could enter with a charity and invited me to join his team with this charity I had never heard of, Fisher House. I am REALLY skeptical when it comes to charities, so I looked up this Fisher House Charity and tried to learn what I could about it and make sure it was a charity that did something I believed in.
I learned that Fisher House does for U.S. Service Veterans' families what Ronald McDonald House does for families with kids. They offer a place for families to stay while a loved one is at a V.A. Hospital and they need lodging - for up to a year. My dad worked for the V.A. in Medical Administrative Services for over 20 years, and in the end of his career he was also given the title "patient advocate" due to his consistent work to ensure that veterans received and were able to make use of the benefits to which they were entitled through their service and particularly through service-connected disability of any level. Running for Fisher House was a no-brainer (which a lot of people would say is perfect for me)!
Last year I ran with TFH again for the Marine Marathon, and I plan to do so in the future, but this year a marathon just does not fit my life, so I am looking to run multiple races of shorter distance but I am still putting in the full fundraising effort for TFH! TFH is a charity partner for the Army 10 Miler, so that made great sense!
In other words - I just can't get enough #MOO-RAH and I always need #MoreCowbell.
In my fundraising efforts, I have discovered that some of my friends know of and have actually stayed at a Fisher House. Other friends (my friend Isaac is a WWII United States Marine Corps Veteran and does a lot of work with disabled veterans) are now helping me to spread the word about Fisher House as well. There are now 80 Fisher Houses across the U.S. and more are in the works. Fisher House also provides air miles to veterans who need it as well as scholarships for veterans and their spouses and children.
What can you do to help?
- You can keep our service men and women - past, present, and future - as well as their families in your prayers. Their families also sacrifice greatly when their service member is deployed, and worse, wounded.
- You can pass my link along to someone who might be interested in helping TFH out with a donation. I would really like to have a large number of donors who give some kind of donation rather than just a few people even if they are all large donations. (If 50 people make even a $10 donation to the team through my efforts, that will make up half of my personal fundraising goal of $1200.) (see the bottom of the message for the active link)
- You can make a donation to Fisher House in support of my run. I am asking that each person who reads this consider a donation of $10 for my Ten Miler. (If you are feeling extra generous, then you might consider $18.10 for my 18.1 miles at the Devil Dog Double, or even $28.10 for all three races.)
Thank you for visiting my page, and thanks in advance for your support. I pledge to take time during my races to say a prayer for all who have donated to Fisher House on my behalf.
Have a great day.
* Steve is also known as "Sven, the guy who is never again allowed to call out answers to rhetorical questions during speeches at TFH dinners.
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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