BENEFITING: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND
ORGANIZER: ARMY RANGER LEAD THE WAY FUND
On Sunday, November 6th, I'll be running the New York City marathon in support of Lead the Way Fund, a non-profit organization established in honor of Sergeant James (Jimmy) Regan. Funds raised by Lead the Way go to support disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, been injured or are currently serving around the world.
After being recruited by Duke University on a lacrosse scholarship, Jimmy led the Duke lacrosse 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, eventually joining the U.S. Army Rangers, an elite special operations unit. As a Ranger, Jimmy deployed twice to each of Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 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 during combat patrol. At the time of his death, at only 26, Jimmy left behind his loving family, friends and fiancé, 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. Today, Mary is an accomplished ER doctor and someone I am proud to call a friend.
Jimmy was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart. Jimmy’s awards also include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
I am tremendously honored to run in support of Lead the Way and Army Rangers around the world. I am deeply appreciative of any support you can give.
Big thanks and love,
For more information about Lead the Way, please visit https://www.leadthewayfund.org/. To learn more about Jimmy and his courageous sacrifice, please visit https://www.leadthewayfund.org/sgt-james-j-regan-memorial/ and https://www.leadthewayfund.org/sgt-james-j-regan/.