In just a few days, I will begin running the first of 6 marathon distance (26.2 miles) runs – one on each continent and done in under 5 days. The charity that I chose for this endeavor is the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that works hard to take care of, help, and support our nation’s veterans from post-9/11 service.
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While I would certainly appreciate and feel honored if you would consider donating even just a couple of dollars to this worthy cause (which you can do here), I also wanted to offer something that could make a personal connection between myself and your veteran. This series of runs, while brutal, is nothing compared to what many of our veterans have gone through. I am extremely thankful for both their service and sacrifice. As an asthmatic, I was never able to join the military, even after 9/11. As one who saw people that were my age (including my best friend) go off to fight wars, I felt bad that I was unable to contribute in some way to support them.
So, I wanted to do something personal with your veterans. I want to truly hold them (rather, their names) near my heart during the final run of this event. It will take place in Washington, DC on September 10, just one day before the anniversary of the dreadful events on our soil. If you would be so kind, I would count it an honor if you would either e-mail me or leave in the comments below the name, rank, and branch of service that you or a family/friend served in. It does not have to just be those who served post-9/11 – any era servicemember will work.
What I will do is to write them on my shirt that I will be wearing for the final marathon run. I would love to fill the shirt with names as I would wear it proudly as we run through our nation’s capital and by and through the monuments dedicated to our servicemembers. It would be an extreme honor for me to wear their names and it would certainly push me to do the best I can. I know I will have some names on their from my friends and family and would appreciate being able to add your names as well.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice. If you would like to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project for this event as well to further honor a veteran, that would be wonderful as well. Just so there is no confusion – not a penny that gets donated comes to me. Your donation is direct with the Wounded Warrior Project. – Wounded Warrior Project Fundraising Link