Mission Accomplished !!!
March 04, 2017
For the 2nd year I am participating in the Run Ranger Run Charity event. This year my daughter Sarah has joined me and together we have committed to running/biking/walking 565 miles between Feb 1st and Feb 28th. Each of us will complete a minimum of 70 miles a week to reach the team goal of 565 miles. Our team, Kaneland Leads the Way, is a play on the US Army Ranger motto, Rangers Lead the Way. Kaneland is the high school I teach at and I get all of my students and fellow teachers involved.
Our purpose is to raise funds for GallantFew, an organization that is dedicated to increasing awareness for Veteran Transition issues.
The most recent Department of Labor statistics from March 2016 show Global War on Terror veteran unemployment is down 1.4 percent. The VA also reports a decline in veteran suicide to twenty per day from previously reported twenty two veterans a day take their own lives. STILL 20 TOO MANY. Run Ranger Run is in it's 5th year and is making a difference, but there is still so much more to do.
Any amount, no matter how small, is appreciated. Last year our goal was $1000 and we raised over $2000. So this year we're making our goal $2000!
So why 565 miles?
In 2012, 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran US Army Corporal Cory Smith, having deployed to combat twice, experienced having friends killed and wounded and with his own marriage failing decided to highlight the difficult journey home many soldiers have leaving the Army by undergoing a very public and very difficult journey home himself. Cory decided to run 565 miles in 28 days with holding his daughter Elleigh in his arms the end goal of his run.
To honor Cory’s incredible effort and to continue the momentum to raise awareness for veterans issues – particularly around divorce, unemployment, homelessness and suicide – GallantFew offers an annual Run Ranger Run event.
“I also want you to know how much of an impact this event had on my life."
"Thank you for all of your help and for this wonderful event. I can't tell you how much this has brought my husband (a combat veteran) out of his shell for a while. Its been great!"
Visit our official web site HERE.