May 11, 2016
BENEFITING: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND
ORGANIZER: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND
I am very excited that I will be running the TCS New York City Marathon on November 6, 2016 for the first time in support of the Lead the Way Fund!! This is a non-profit organization that supports disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured or are currently serving in harm’s way around the world. It provides spouses and children of deceased, disabled or active duty Rangers with assistance for health and wellness programs and other services determined to be vital to the family’s well-being-- beyond what the government can offer. My late grandfather fought in World War II and lost his leg stepping on a grenade trying to save another member of his troop. I was inspired by Lead the Way to run the marathon in honor of my grandfather’s memory and in support of the U.S. Army rangers and all of our courageous troops who have fought and our still fighting overseas for our country.
Lead the Way was established in honor of Sergeant James (Jimmy) Regan. Sgt. Regan, of Manhasset, New York, was an exemplary scholar-athlete at Chaminade High School where he was recognized for his academic, sports and community achievements. As a result of his academic record and his All-American achievement on the lacrosse field, Jimmy Regan was recruited by Duke University on a lacrosse scholarship. While there he led the Duke team to two ACC championships and graduated with a degree in economics. Following graduation, deeply impacted by the events of 9/11, Jimmy turned down a lucrative financial services job at UBS and a law school scholarship to enlist in the Army. As a U.S. Army Ranger, in addition to two deployments to Iraq, Jimmy also deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Then, in February of 2007, while serving in Northern Iraq with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Jimmy was killed by an IED that targeted the vehicle he was traveling in while on combat patrol. At the time of his death in 2007, at only 26, Jimmy left behind his loving family and friends and fiancée, Mary. Following Jimmy’s death, Mary and Jimmy’s family established Lead the Way Fund to honor Jimmy and provide ongoing support to his fellow Army Rangers.
I have completed six half marathons and it has been a goal of mine for some time to complete a full marathon. This organization now has inspired me to challenge myself to go the full 26.2 mile distance to support and thank our troops—our troops who demonstrate remarkable strength and heroism everyday by putting their lives on the line for our country. I would appreciate any support you can give to benefit this incredible organization by helping me reach the required contribution of $3,000. Any amount would help and I am deeply appreciative of your support. .
Much love and thanks,