BENEFITING: TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
First, thank you for taking the time to read through this fundraising page. Any amount, regardless of how small you may consider it, really does help.
As I was looking through the charities sponsoring slots for this year's Marine Corps Marathon, few were resonating very much with me. Although all are great organizations, I’ve never been affected personally by the issues or ailments that most were fundraising for. I wanted to find something that I felt connected to in some way, and I found the Travis Manion Foundation – an association that “honors the fallen by challenging the living.” They assist our nation’s veterans and service members, and support the families of fallen heroes.
Travis Manion was a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps who was killed in action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq on April 29, 2007. His patrol was concluding a search of a suspected insurgent house when it came under precision small arms fire attack. With the corpsman seriously wounded by enemy fire and the attack developing in to a full-scale ambush, Manion and a fellow Marine exposed themselves to increasing fire to pull the corpsman out of the kill zone. After recovering the corpsman and administering first aid, Manion led his patrol in a counter attack, personally eliminating an enemy position. As he continued to direct the patrol, another Marine was wounded. He again moved across the kill zone, under fire by five insurgents, to recover the wounded Marine. Iraqi Army reinforcements were halted by an IED and were unable to advance on the flank of the insurgents, leaving Manion and his patrol to take fire from three sides. While fearlessly exposing himself to gain a more advantageous firing position and drawing enemy fire away from the wounded Marines, Manion was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper.
I consider the stories of the countless sons and daughters of America that made this sacrifice so early in their lives. I, and others running for this foundation, strive to honor their memory and support their families while participating in one of the largest marathons in the United States. I hope you will join me in this support through your donations.