BENEFITING: SHEEP DOG IMPACT ASSISTANCE
ORGANIZER: SHEEP DOG IMPACT ASSISTANCE
EVENT DATE: Sep 27, 2015
I will be participating with the Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) team to run/walk the "Tunnel to Towers Foundation Race" (T2T) in New York City on Sunday, September 27, 2015. My hope is to have as many of our members, volunteers and supporters from across the United States participate in this event as we prepare to launch a nationwide PTSD Awareness Campaign in 2016.
With SDIA members from all disciplines – military, law enforcement, fire & rescue, and EMS – we are more aware than most organizations of the devastating impact Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can have on the life of a veteran or first responder injured in combat or the line of duty. Our members and their families have first-hand knowledge of the difficulties associated with PTSD, including its misconceptions and stigmas. SDIA’s team running the Tunnel to Towers race will first and foremost honor Stephen Siller and the military and first responders who gave their lives rescuing others on that fateful day – September 11, 2001. It will also give us a unique opportunity to share the SDIA story and pre-launch our 2016 PTSD Awareness campaign.
Tunnel to Towers was founded to retrace the final footsteps of 9/11 hero, firefighter Stephen Siller, and to support our nation’s first responders and military, all of whom make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty. On September 11, 2001, Siller had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1 in Brooklyn when he heard of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. He immediately returned to Squad 1 to get his gear and drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. The tunnel was already closed, so he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic and ran from the Tunnel to the Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others. This event is part of his legacy. For more information, visit the www.tunnel2towers.org.