Melissa Casey via Crowdrise
February 10, 2012
BENEFITING: RUN FOR THE FALLEN MAINE
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
I'm Melissa Casey a member of the Maine National Guard and I'm running the Boston Marathon in 2012 for 2 reasons:
- to honor the memory of SGT Thomas J Dostie, one of Maine's Military Heroes
- to raise funds to support a wonderful organization who helps honor the memory of all our fallen military heroes since Sept 11, 2001
SGT Dostie was 20-years-old. He loved outdoor sports such as soccer, fishing, water-skiing and snowmobiling. He was on the wrestling and swimming team at the Erskine Academy. He had just recently graduated from high school and worked as a mechanic. He came from a small town of 500 people where he served as a volunteer firefighter.
Thomas Dostie was promoted to Sergeant posthumously and was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. He was buried on December 31, 2004 at Sand Hill Cemetery in Somerville, Maine.
Who is Run for the Fallen Maine?
Run for the Fallen Maine is an organization dedicated to keeping alive the memory of our military heroes that gave their lives to protect our freedom since September 11, 2001.
They do that by:
- Staging a 65 kilometer run on the 3rd Sunday in August [the 19th in 2012]. Each kilometer being dedicated to the memory of one or more of our heroes that lived in Maine, had family from Maine or had some ties to the state of Maine. The run is not a race. Participants may run as little or as much as they like. Currently the run Starts in Ogunquit and ends at the Portland waterfront.
- Establishing scholarships for family members of any age.
- Funding some critical family needs.
- Funding SPECIAL Military oriented activities, such as getting Gold Start Plates for families established in the State of Maine.
- AND MOST IMPORTANT they Raise the awareness of the service and sacrifices of our military when the opportunity presents itself.