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Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund Half Marathon 2016

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BENEFITING: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND

ORGANIZER: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND

EVENT: 2016 United Airlines NYC Half

EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2016

James Vessa

THE STORY:

Friends and Family,

On March 20th I will be running the New York City Half Marathon to help raise money and support for the Army Ranger Lead The Way Foundation.

Lead The Way Fund is a non-profit organization established to raise funds in support of disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured or are currently serving in harm’s way around the world. Lead The Way Fund will provide spouses and children of deceased, disabled or active duty Rangers with assistance for health and wellness programs and other services determined to be vital to the family’s well-being, beyond what the government can offer.

Lead The Way Fund was established in Honor of Sgt. James J. Regan who was killed in Iraq while serving with Charlie company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

As a fellow Manhasset native and former Chaminade High School Lacrosse player, I am excited to run my first half-marathon and support a great cause.  Please help me reach my goal, and feel free to pass this link along.  

Best,

James

About Sgt. James (Jimmy) J. Regan:

Sgt. James  (Jimmy) J. Regan was assigned to company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment when he was killed by an IED which targeted his vehicle in northern Iraq in February, 2007.

Deeply affected by the terror attacks of 9/11 ,Sgt. Regan rejected lucrative wall street job opportunities and law school scholarships to volunteer for military service and entered the Army in February, 2004 .

Sgt. Regan, of Manhasset, New York,  was an exemplary scholar-athlete at Chaminade High School  where he was recognized for his academic, sports and community achievements.    As a result of his academic record and his All-American achievement on the lacrosse field, Jimmy  Regan was recruited by Duke University  on a lacrosse scholarship.  While there he led the Duke team to two ACC championships.  He graduated with a degree in economics and was poised on the brink of a happy and fulfilling life when he answered the call  to defend his country.

Graduating first in  his class in infantry basic combat training, he received the distinction of “Soldier of the Cycle”.   Moving on through the Basic Airborne course and Ranger Indoctrination  Program at Fort Benning, Jimmy served in the 3rd Battalion as machine gunner and gun team leader, and finally fire team leader, serving in Iraq when he was killed.

In addition to two deployments to Iraq, Sgt. Regan had also deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Shortly before his death in 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Sgt. Regan’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.  His decorations include the Ranger tab, the combat infantryman badge, the expert infantryman badge and the parachutist badge.

Jimmy’s loss was an immense tragedy to everyone who knew and loved him.  He left behind his loving fiancee, his parents and three sisters.  Through the Lead the Way Fund, his family and friends strive to honor his spirit, his patriotism and the way he lived his life by combining our efforts to give back to his brothers, the U.S. Army Rangers.

On behalf of Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, your generous donation is sincerely appreciated. Please print a copy of this receipt as a record of your donation.

For more information on Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund please visit www.leadthewayfund.org.

$2,100

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

     

  • Barbara & John Vessa

     

  • Alli Shea

     

  • Erin and Brian Wilson

     

  • The Fleishhacker Family

     

  • Ronnee & David Ades

     

  • Joe Foster

     

  • Brian & Laura Hull

     

  • steve greenberg

     

  • Jeff DiNapoli

     

  • Deb and John Kucharczyk

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • John Ready

     

  • Laura and John Foster

     

  • Richard & Virginia Vessa

     

  • Ken and Grace Kelly

     

  • Anthony & Maria Cohe

     

  • John and Mary Fran Jeffrey

     

  • The Procaccino's

     

  • Jeff Winik

     

  • The Prokops

     

  • The Lowy's

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Laura and Jim Marks

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anna & George Costaras

     

  • Dan Marks

     

  • Don't Stop Movin

     

  • Gabrielle Vessa

     

  • The Shea family

     

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140% Raised of $1,500 Goal

The Team: $115,629 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Lawrence Grassi

Amount Raised

$40,504

Fundraiser Title

Heather Hussey

Amount Raised

$14,733

 

295% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND

Amount Raised

$9,850

Fundraiser Title

mike garvis

Amount Raised

$7,915

Fundraiser Title

Robert DiFazio

Amount Raised

$3,575

Fundraiser Title

Andy Borman

Amount Raised

$3,200

Fundraiser Title

Matt Hurley and Hannah Leveridge

Amount Raised

$3,005

 

60% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brian Kelly

Amount Raised

$2,560

Donor Comments

The Shea family

The Shea family

Good luck 3 years ago

Gabrielle Vessa

Gabrielle Vessa

3 years ago

Don't Stop Movin

Don't Stop Movin

3 years ago

Dan Marks

Dan Marks

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Laura and Jim Marks

Laura and Jim Marks

Good luck James, we are proud of you! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

The Lowy's

The Lowy's

Go James! 3 years ago

The Prokops

The Prokops

3 years ago