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Dunning's Run For Disabled American Veterans

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June 19, 2017

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BENEFITING: Disabled American Veterans

EVENT DATE: Jun 17, 2017

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THE STORY:

Most Saturday mornings, you’ll find Matt Dunning running the trails that crisscross the town of Cedar Falls, Iowa, logging miles in preparation for his most challenging run yet: the Bryce Canyon 50K Ultra Marathon. The race is 31 miles of rugged, dirt trails that wind through the mountains and rough terrain of Bryce Canyon State Park in Utah on June 17.  

Dunning is a co-owner of Talk To Me Technologies, a company that develops speech technology for those with disabilities, including many veterans, who are unable to use their voice.

Training on the rolling hills of Iowa doesn’t quite compare to the sharp climbs Dunning will face during the Utah race (the course begins with five miles of incline at an elevation of 9,000 feet), but Dunning doesn’t let the added challenge get to him. Instead, he focuses on the reason for his upcoming run: helping disabled veterans live their lives to the fullest.

Dunning is running the Bryce Canyon 50K as an effort to raise money for Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a non-profit committed to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. DAV ensures veterans and their families can access benefits available to them, represents veteran interests on Capitol Hill, and educates the public about the services and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. 

DAV is essential for veterans like Taylor Morris (pictured walking with Dunning), a national war hero who served in the US Navy as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal expert in Afghanistan. Morris stepped on an IED while conducting a mission in 2012, causing him to lose both legs, his left arm, and right hand. An example of strength and courage, Morris now resides with his wife in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and attends the University of Northern Iowa.

A fellow US Navy veteran himself, Dunning is a speech/language pathologist and the Chief Technology Officer at Talk To Me Technologies. The company’s cutting-edge technology enables those with communication and physical disabilities to communicate, control their lights, TV, and computers with alternate methods of access, such as eye-tracking.   

Talk To Me Technologies works closely with Veterans across the country to help them tell their story, and believes in DAV’s mission of supporting veterans. Dunning is asking friends and family to donate to this fundraising effort as he takes on the Bryce Canyon 50K, in hopes of raising $5,000 to support DAV and their ongoing services. Talk To Me Technologies is backing Dunning’s efforts by kickstarting his campaign with a donation of $500.

$3,025

MONEY RAISED
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  • Talk To Me Technologies

    $500

  • Scott Cooley

     

  • Mary and Jerry

     

  • Mark Newton

    $100

  • Mike T

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Connell Dunning

     

  • Jesse/Jen R.

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Gayla & Tim

    $50

  • Kyle & Jen Christiason

    $50

  • Scott Duffus

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • The Leary Family

    $50

  • Sally Campbell

    $50

  • Stouts

     

  • Jon Frederick

    $25

  • Bill & Steph Clohesy

    $100

  • Emily Thode

    $50

  • Nikki Voelker

    $50

  • Nick Taiber

    $50

  • Dunning kids

    $50

  • Don Gallagher

    $100

  • Linda and Dave Schachterle

    $100

  • Beth Dove

    $50

  • Gary & Tami Jones

    $50

  • Elaine

    $250

  • Meg Farrell

    $50

  • Crystal Heath

     

  • Andy Anderson

    $50

  • Eli Kilburg

     

  • Jenny Murphy

    $25

  • Mary Runkel

    $10

  • Marnell Lyle

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Julie Duer

    $25

  • JT

    $50

  • Elizabeth Popplewell

    $250

  • Joany Yi

    $25

  • Suzanne Freedman

    $25

  • Ann Eastman

    $25

  • Paul & Amelia Torre

     

  • Rebecca Gelhaus

    $25

  • Mary and Curt Ritter

     

  • Emily Eisenman

    $25

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61% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Emily Eisenman

Emily Eisenman

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Mary and Curt Ritter

Mary and Curt Ritter

1 year ago

Rebecca Gelhaus

Rebecca Gelhaus

DONATION: $25

Good Luck Matt! 1 year ago

Paul & Amelia Torre

Paul & Amelia Torre

Good luck, Matt! 1 year ago

Ann Eastman

Ann Eastman

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Suzanne Freedman

Suzanne Freedman

DONATION: $25

For all veterans 1 year ago

Joany Yi

Joany Yi

DONATION: $25

This is awesome, Matt! 1 year ago

Elizabeth Popplewell

Elizabeth Popplewell

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

JT

JT

DONATION: $50

Your drive and commitment is amazing. 1 year ago

Julie Duer

Julie Duer

DONATION: $25

Love this Matt! 1 year ago