Mission Accomplished! Everett, WA to Beverly, MA; 3,371.4 mi./174,788'/243 hours
August 24, 2016
BENEFITING: COAST GUARD FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Jun 19, 2016
Having dedicated 30 years of my life in Public Service with the United States Coast Guard I am honored to create an opportunity to give back to this truly humanitarian organization. My 4,000-mile transcontinental cycling trip from Everett, WA to Gloucester, MA is not only an opportunity for personal reflection and growth, but this nine-week trip serves as a journey to raise awareness and resources for the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund.
The Fallen Heroes Fund provides emergency assistance to the families, friends and shipmates of those Coast Guard heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. The Foundation helps pay for immediate and ongoing needs of the families of the fallen, whether it's a care package, paying for an airline ticket for a family member to attend their loved one's memorial or the cost of college for the children of those who have died in the line of duty. With your support, you can help families grieve fully without having to worry about money during these difficult, heart-wrenching situations.
To give you a couple examples of how your generosity would be used, look at Pattie and Adriana’s stories:
Pattie is the widow of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who was killed in action in April 2004 during his second tour in Iraq. He was the first combat Coast Guard fatality since the Vietnam War. Patty was given the first The Fallen Heroes Scholarship and received her degree in nursing, a career that was inspired by Nathan's life. "I had made the commitment to myself to fulfill my dreams of becoming a nurse after Nathan passed away, but it would have been a huge financial burden for as a single mom," she said. The Fallen Heroes Scholarship not only covers Mrs. Bruckenthal's education. Her daughter Harper, who is entering kindergarten, will also be eligible for the scholarship once she reaches college age.
Adriana also received a scholarship when her father, Captain Nelson, died when their HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter tragically went down during a training flight in September, 2008. Adriana completed her degree in Economics at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. “To receive any amount of financial aid is beneficial, but being debt free is a blessing.” she said. “In return it certainly motivates me to work hard and do well.”
I hope that you can contribute whatever you can to this valuable resource that supports the Coast Guard Family. You can follow a chronicle of my journey on the Coast to Coast 2016 Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ninestates.