Thank you for visiting my fundraiser page. My name is Jonathan Mixon and I am running this year's Boston Marathon in memory of LCPL Alexander Arredondo.
Alexander or "Alex" as he was commonly called, joined the Marines at the age of 17 to help pay for college and also out of a sense of duty for his country. His friends fondly remember his ready smile, quick wit, total selflessness and of course, his signature sarcastic sense of humor. Alex was a very energetic person and enjoyed lively activities such as martial arts, rock climbing, surfing, snow boarding, and being a certified ladies man.
However, there was much more to Alex than just cracking jokes and picking up girls. Alex was an excellent fireteam leader and could always be depended on to do the right thing. Lance Cpl. Jason W. Williams, a machine gunner in Alex's fireteam states that, "He wasn't shy about jumping out there and giving cover fire for Marines, making sure his Marines were safe, making sure that they were getting their food and water. He was one of the best Marines I've known and he was an exceptional fighter."
Tragically, Alex's life was cut short during his second tour of duty. He was barely 20 years old. Although Alex may be gone, his memory continues to live on strong to this day. In August of 2011, with the help of US Representative Michael E. Capuano and nine other legislators, the federal post office at 655 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts was renamed in honor of Alex the “Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo, United States Marine Corps Post Office Building.” On the left side of this page, below Alex's pictures, is a video of Rep.Capuano speaking on behalf of Alex. I would strongly recommend watching it to gain a better understanding of just how dedicated Alex was to his country. By representing Alex in this year's Boston Marathon through Run for the Fallen Maine, I hope to continue to add to Alex's legacy, so that his memory may live on forever in all of us.
The mission of Run for the Fallen Maine, a 100% volunteer organization, is to keep alive the names and memories of our Fallen Heroes from Maine and those that had strong family ties to Maine. Alex spent his childhood in Massachusetts and lived in Bangor, Maine at the time of his deployment. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards Run for the Fallen Maine's scholarship foundation, funds to help the families who have lost soldiers from Maine, and also to help put together the August run event. This year's 5th annual Run for the Fallen Maine will be held August 19th, a run from Ogunquit to Portland to honor these men and their families.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!