BENEFITING: AMERICAN WIDOW PROJECT
EVENT DATE: Oct 28, 2012
On October 28th I will be running my first marathon! It's an exciting challenge I've been looking forward to take on for a few years now, and for those of you who know me personally, you know how much supporting our military service members means to me. This is why I felt it more than appropriate to run the Marine Corps Marathon - to run in honor of all those who have served in the past, those who are currently serving, and those who will step up and serve our country in the future. And by this I not only mean the men and women who wear the American uniform, but those who support them every day - the parents, spouses, siblings and children of those who make our country proud.
In May 2011, I produced a Today Show story on a remarkable group of women who make up a unique organization called the American Widow Project. They changed my perspective on life, and in my opinion, are truly an exceptional group of women whom we have a lot to learn from.
Check out the AWP's Today Show debut below, and please visit their website to read their stories. Help me support this extraordinary group of women during my 26.2 mile journey!
AWP on the Today Show: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/43215249#43215249
Learn more about the American Widow Project: http://americanwidowproject.org/
Since 2001, over 6,500 U.S. service members have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Around half of these service members were married, leaving an estimated 3,200 military widows across our country, from the wars alone. These numbers do not include our heroes who lost their lives in non-combat ways leaving countless more military widows. While the service member’s sacrifice is acknowledged, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a military widow. Oftentimes the invisible wounds of military widows are disregarded due to age or a simple lack of knowledge and understanding.
The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter. Military Widow to Military Widow.