Val runs the ATM and MCM 2019
I'm excited and proud to announce that this year I will be raising money for both the Arrmy Ten Miler and the Marine Corps Marathon under the Fisher House Foundation team! This will be my third year running the ATM and my second running the MCM and I couldn't imagine doing either of these races without the FHF. Hearing about the families and Service members the FHF has helped and all they do for the Military community has been so inspiring and knowing that every training and race day mile will go towards an incredible cause truly feels so rewarding. Friends, I ask you to please help me raise money for this amazing organization so they can continue to help families in need by providing a Home Away from Home when their Service member needs it the most! My goal is to raise $1,000 between the ATM and MCM races so any amount you can contribute would be greatly appreciated! Thank you and if you have some time please read the below story about how the FHF helped Senior Master Sergeant Richard Chwalik.
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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