BENEFITING: TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
On my way home from work that day, I got an unexpected phone call from a friend. After I hung up, I drove home in stunned silence with the radio off.
Brendan Looney was a year ahead of me and his two younger brothers were a few years behind me. Though we often shared the same football fields and facilities for practices, we were never on the same team. I saw him fairly frequently over the years though; he was always a very kind, yet intense, guy. His two younger brothers played on the same lacrosse team as I did (he didn't really start playing until he went to the U.S. Naval Academy) so I came to know them fairly well. That's also when I came to understand that the entire Looney family was full of good, hard-working, friendly people. But, through those interactions over the course of the years at DeMatha, I came to know, even at that naive age, that he was a hard-working, intense guy with outstanding character who made very loyal friends very easily. As far as I'm concerned, he represented what DeMatha wanted every student to aspire to be like and he was an incredibly good leader and role model for underclassmen like me.
A few years after college, when I heard that Brendan graduated BUD/S and became a U.S. Navy SEAL, I remember thinking how that just made perfect sense. It suited everything I knew and thought about the man perfectly. It made me feel very proud (and very safe) knowing that Brendan and guys like him were protecting our country.
LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney died in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010. As noted by the President of the United States himself, our country lost one of its best that day. Thousands of family, friends, and fellow soldiers attended Brendan's wake, memorial service, and funeral; a true testament and tribute to the kind of man he was.
I decided that I wanted to do something to honor Brendan's life and spirit. When I heard about the Travis Manion (Brendan's USNA roommate) Foundation and their Team Travis & Brendan initiative, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I wanted to raise money for a foundation that does so much for our Veterans and the families of those Fallen Heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while challenging myself to run the Marine Corps Marathon (my first). So that is what I'm doing, because in keeping with Travis Manion's inspirational words, "If not me, then who..."
Please consider honoring Brendan Looney's life and spirit with a donation to the Travis Manion Foundation. To do so, simply click the "Donate To This Fundraiser" button to the upper-right of this page. No amount is too small; $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, or more will allow the Travis Manion Foundation to help more and more of our Veterans and the families of our Fallen Heroes. They deserve our utmost support for everything they do on a daily basis to protect our country.
Thank you very much for your consideration, support, and generosity.