The No Regrets Campaign is a movement highlighting inspiring individuals who rather than retreating from adversity, meet it head on. Within our nonprofit is a program called Tell Me I Can't. Where we encourage, inspire and challenge our wounded Veterans to go out and do what they have been told they can't do or told themselves they can't do. We stand behind SSgt Linville 110% and want to raise as much money as we can to get him to the top of Everest. With your help we can do just that. Thank you.
Read below for SSgt Linville's story:
Thomas Charles Linville was born in Boise, Idaho in 1985. Charlie graduated from Boise High School in 2004 despite the challenges he faced when his father was diagnosed with stage four Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during his Freshman year of high school. Eager to pursue his aspirations of serving in the United States military, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California on January 22, 2006.
On January 20, 2011, while on his second deployment SSgt Linville and his team were responding to an IED detonation. While conducting a sweep of the surrounding area, SSgt Linville was struck by a tertiary device. The IED blasted Charlie into the air, and brought him directly down into the blast crater. The explosion inflicted multiple injuries on SSgt Linville some visible others not. Sergeant Linville suffered fractures to his right foot including his cuboid, calcaneous, and two outer metatarsals, in addition to fractures sustained in his right middle finger, and amputation of his right ring finger. Other injuries that resulted from the blast include lower spine trauma, PTSD, and mild traumatic brain injury. After Charlie was medically evacuated he was flown to Bastian Medical Center where he underwent surgery on his hand. Next Sergeant Linville was flown to Bagram Air Force Base where he underwent additional surgery on his hand. Once Charlie was flown out of Afghanistan he went to Germany for three nights. He then flew to Bethesda, Maryland for a night and finally reached his destination at Balboa Naval Hospital where he received multiple surgeries on his hand and foot. Charlie underwent multiple experimental surgeries in order to walk again. He continued operations and therapy on his foot and back in order to walk, sit and stand without the IDEO brace and other support.
SSgt Linville lost his foot to a below the knee amputation the summer of 2013 after fighting for over a year to save it.
Despite his injuries and debilitating pain, he has agreed to join forces with The Heroes Project and climb Mount Everest in the spring of 2016.