BENEFITING: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND
ORGANIZER: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND
I am running the 2017 NYC Marathon this year to help 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. 26.2 miles is a long race, but it is nothing compared to the challenges that our military and their families face on a daily basis.
My family is a steadfast supporter of our country’s servicemen and servicewomen. My twin sister, Christine, is an emergency medicine physician in the U.S. Navy. This year is her ninth year of service. During Christine's time in the navy I have run several marathons. For two of those marathons, she was deployed in the Middle East. I spent those races thinking and connecting with Christine. My family is fortunate that Christine will be in the U.S. this year when I run the NYC marathon, but I have no doubt that she’ll be at the forefront of my thoughts as I run to raise money for her comrades.
Also, this year’s NYC marathon is two weeks past my husband, Grant, and my first year wedding anniversary. I am blessed to now be a part of the Garcia family. Grant’s grandfathers are WWII Veterans, one with the U.S. Army and the other with the U.S. Air Force.
The Lead the Way Fund is an extraordinary organization. It was started by the Reagan family after their son, Sgt. James J. Regan (“Jimmy”), was killed by an IED that targeted his vehicle in northern Iraq in February, 2007. I am in awe of the strength and grace of the Reagans. The Lead The Way Fund, Inc. provides 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. Your contribution matters and will help change the lives of many Rangers and their families.
Thank you for your generosity.