Thank you for visiting my fund raising page! While I've never had the honor to serve this great country in uniform, I've recently met some of our bravest and finest who have--members of the US Navy Seal Community. This will be, health and god willing RD, my 7th marathon(157.2 marathon miles/>2,000 training miles) for charity.
I've run the marathon the last few years raising money for the Navy Seal Foundation(and will continue until the body says no). I recently attended the annual dinner in NYC. (Https://www.navysealfoundation.org/nyc) and couldn't be more humbled to be in attendance.
Many things struck me, a few come to mind:
1. Vice Admiral(Seal) Robert S. Harward, JR. - Key Note Speaker - "I never thought the 2 things I hold most dear, my calling to serve and my devotion to family, would be so diametrically opposed. We are here for our families. They talk about my/our seal peers sacrifice, but they are the ones who are truly pay the price."
* For the record I slept very soundly last night knowing men like that protect us.
2. Dare to be Great - Howard Marks memo which led to his eventual involvement and honoring last night. "The real question is whether you dare to do the things that are necessary in order to be great. Are you willing to be different, and are you willing to be wrong? In order to have a chance at great results, you have to be open to being both."
3. You can't Measure Desire - How success is in the grasp of so many and why failure resonates with the majority. Adversity isn't the issue, mental toughness and desire are. http://www.public.navy.mil/NSW/Pages/EthosCreed.aspx
Lastly there are over 2mm children of armed forces whose parents who spend an inordinate amount of time away and approximately 20,000 children who have lost a parent over the past 35 years.
Thank you for reading and special thanks to the true Warrior Elites, the members of the US Navy Seal Community.Click here to read about those who have fallen.