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Patrick Kelley via Crowdrise
February 13, 2013

Our team is 388.68 miles into our event. We have raised 40% of our goal for fundraising as well. Let's keep the pace up through the end!  See more

BENEFITING: GALLANTFEW

EVENT: Run Ranger Run

EVENT DATE: Feb 01, 2013

HOURS PLEDGED: 565

Mileage Tracker: 638

Patrick Kelley

THE STORY:

Why we are doing this!

As a Company Commander for Charlie Company, Fort Knox, Warrior Transition Battalion, I have been blessed to have met and served with several hundred Soldiers as they pass through our unit to transition to the next part of their life. Andrea (my wife and the Company's FRG Leader) and I have been able to witness the challenges and anxiety that each Soldier goes through during this process. Through Gallant Few, we want to help  make everyone aware that the challenges and anxiety does not go away easily or quickly upon leaving the Army.

Veterans continue to battle record high levels of unemployment, under-employment,  homelessness and suicide.  The most recent Department of Labor Statistics from May 2012 show Global War on Terror veterans are 40% more likely to be unemployed than a person who never served.  The VA reports eighteen veterans take their own lives daily, and active duty suicides have averaged one per day this year – a rate unheard of before now. We can make a difference!

 

Concept

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.

During his run from Columbus, GA to Indianapolis, IN Cory was gracious enough to stop by the Fort Knox Warrior Transition Battalion and speak to several injured Soldiers in Transition. 

As a Result

To honor Cory’s incredible effort and to continue the momentum to raise awareness for veterans issues – particularly around divorce, unemployment, homelessness and suicide – Andrea and I will pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February 2013.  We will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for the stated veteran issues.

Visit the official web site HERE.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$6,285

MONEY RAISED
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  • Nash

     

  • Kimberly Juarez

     

  • Gary and Melody Henderson

     

  • Dave & Mary Ann Webb

     

  • Glen & Sherry Kelley

     

  • Hanna Marshall

     

  • Ann and Steve

     

  • Sheila Taylor

     

  • The Kelley Family

     

  • Rishi Shukla

     

  • Kevin and Jane Boylan

     

  • Ralph and Tina Chafin

     

  • Corey, Jamie, Carson & Jackson

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Matt Hawkins

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Giganti Family

     

  • Al Robinson

     

  • Renee Brucker

     

  • Hey yo for A O

     

  • R SYSTEMS NA INC

     

  • Acura of Oxmoor

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jim and Angie Napolitano

     

  • The Freshwaters

     

  • M Lai

     

  • Beth

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Sandra & Jody

     

  • Stacey Mize

     

  • Gerrie Ann & Butch

     

  • WE LOVE THE KELLEYS!

     

  • Susie Jackson

     

  • Michael and Cassandra Bailey

     

  • Jamie Kelley

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Swope Automotive Group

     

  • Pam Squire

     

  • Gary and Tina Eason

     

  • Liberty County Clinic of Chiropractic

     

  • Mike Kelley

     

  • Kevin & Julie Rude

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Lock-n-Load Java

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Operation Hawkeye

     

  • Julie Ewert

     

  • VFW 454 Bloomington, IL

     

  • Liberty County Clinic of Chiropractic

     

  • Danny and aunt Sherry Jenkins

     

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63% Raised of $10,001 Goal

The Team: $6,285 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Patrick Kelley

Amount Raised

$3,705

 

37% Raised of $10,001 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ron Kelley

Amount Raised

$1,000

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Andrea Kelley

Amount Raised

$475

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Yvonne Kelley

Amount Raised

$320

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Mike Kelley

Amount Raised

$250

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Susie Jackson

Amount Raised

$250

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Jared Murray

Amount Raised

$195

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Jennifer Campbell

Amount Raised

$90

Donor Comments

Danny and aunt Sherry Jenkins

Danny and aunt Sherry Jenkins

For a good cause 3 months ago

Liberty County Clinic of Chiropractic

Liberty County Clinic of Chiropractic

3 years ago

VFW 454 Bloomington, IL

VFW 454 Bloomington, IL

Rangers Lead The Way! 4 years ago

Julie Ewert

Julie Ewert

4 years ago

Operation Hawkeye

Operation Hawkeye

In support of Team Kelley, and with thanks to a great vet, Carl Churchill 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

Lock-n-Load Java

Lock-n-Load Java

Proud to support your team Pat! RLTW! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

RLTW 4 years ago

Kevin & Julie Rude

Kevin & Julie Rude

4 years ago