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Michael Ergo's Fundraiser:

Ironman World Championship 2017 - Sentinels of Freedom

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Halfway to the finish line!
September 02, 2017

Dear fundraising team, I wanted to let you all know that we just reached $9,000 in donations and are halfway to our goal of raising $18,000 for  See more
Michael Ergo

THE STORY:

I served in the Marine Corps nearly four years and deployed to war twice. When I came home from Iraq, I was lost.  No purpose, no mission, no connection to myself or others. I was diagnosed with PTSD. I didn't fit in at home. I didn't have a purpose to move towards. I was drifting.


After a few years of heavy drinking to avoid the pain of combat memories, I changed my life and sobered up. I found connection with family, community, and a purpose - to help others heal just as my counselors helped me. I found triathlon and began racing to honor my fallen friends. I wear the names of 29 Marines each race. It's my way of honoring them - by striving to be the best version of myself.  


I don't need pity and I am not broken. I just needed an opportunity to succeed. 


Sentinels of Freedom provide severely wounded veterans with that opportunity to succeed. They have treated veterans with dignity while providing scholarships that focus support in Education, Housing, Mentoring, Employment, Career and Networking Assistance, and Financial Planning.  Essentially, they let veterans and their families focus on earning a degree and finding a fulfilling career by taking care of the extraneous costs the G.I. Bill does not address.


As a licensed clinical social worker with the Department of Veterans Affairs, I serve fellow vets each day.  I have seen the impact that Sentinels of Freedom has provided in my own community and across the country.


Please join me in assisting those who have already served our country and are looking for the opportunity to do so again. I picked $18,000 as my fundraising goal because it seems audacious and because of my roots with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines! 



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To This Fundraiser

$10,005

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Terry & Kathy Rogelstad

    $50

  • Joshua Gass

    $100

  • G. Clark

    $50

  • Jessica Garakian

    $50

  • Weber's

    $50

  • Skippy

    $500

  • Paul Oneal

    $50

  • Robert and Cheryl Baird

    $100

  • Shari Blackburn

    $25

  • Alexis Tovar

    $50

  • Darcy and Teri

    $100

  • Mike mendoza "thepatriotracer.com"

    $100

  • John Stone

    $100

  • Debbie Ayres

    $25

  • Rich Ergo

    $500

  • Kwittken

    $1,000

  • Donna Withrow

    $25

  • Dave Bradley

    $100

  • Christina Maik

    $25

  • Bonnie Mills

    $50

  • Patti Bauernfeind

    $50

  • Rick and Kathy Bowles

    $500

  • R Cee Ergo

    $50

  • Bowles & Verna LLP

    $2,500

  • Cheryl Noll

    $100

  • Kim Pelz

    $50

  • Jessica Kemp

    $50

  • Mark Lynch

    $50

  • Teresa and Andy Halperin

    $50

  • Gil & Judy Gillivan

    $50

  • Daryl Brand

    $25

  • Mark

    $40

  • Paul & Jennifer Anderson

     

  • Melissa Ergo

     

  • Lori B

    $50

  • CowboyCrickets.com

     

  • L&P Shelton

     

  • Ryan Nelson

    $50

  • Jessica Bayer & Shawn Cruz

    $100

  • Rebecca Rogers

    $50

  • Eric and Hope Ammerman

    $50

  • carolyn

    $50

  • Marlene Alves

    $25

  • Lisa Harvey & David Taylor

    $50

  • Timothy Carlin

    $50

  • Karen and Joe Beall

    $50

  • David Lukoff

    $50

  • catherine armstrong

     

  • henry lam

    $100

  • Debbie Bergvall

    $100

  • Bob Simmons & Judy Whelan

    $100

  • Veronica Gunnersen

    $100

  • Mark & Christen R

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Patrick Wilkinson

    $35

  • Lauren & Murali

    $50

  • Art Yeend

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Run Away from Zombies

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Allen & Maureen

    $500

  • Paul and Deidre

    $100

  • Mary Anne & Claude Weatherwax

    $25

  • Keith and Cheryl Smith

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Will Scott

    $100

  • Chris Aleksunas

     

  • Jonathan Robbins

    $100

  • Brad Gothberg

    $100

  • Kerry O'Brien

    $200

  • Ken F

    $25

  • mom of FL US CG mom in Livermore

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mike & Judith Rothman

    $50

  • Rich Carlston

    $100

  • "Bailey"and Alpha 2/506th 101st VN

    $100

  • Kristin Mavromatis

    $100

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56% Raised of $18,000 Goal

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The Team: $10,005 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Michael Ergo

Amount Raised

$10,005

 

56% Raised of $18,000 Goal

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R Cee Ergo

Amount Raised

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Donor Comments

Kristin Mavromatis

Kristin Mavromatis

DONATION: $100

23 hours ago

"Bailey"and Alpha 2/506th 101st VN

DONATION: $100

Mike have a great race 3 days ago

Rich Carlston

Rich Carlston

DONATION: $100

4 days ago

Mike & Judith Rothman

Mike & Judith Rothman

DONATION: $50

You are an inspiration for all of us, Mike. Have an awesome competition in Hawaii. 4 days ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

1 week ago

mom of FL US CG mom in Livermore

mom of FL US CG mom in Livermore

In memory of 101st Airborne Spec Jameson Lindskog, KIA March 2010 2 weeks ago

Ken F

Ken F

DONATION: $25

2 weeks ago

Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O'Brien

DONATION: $200

3 weeks ago

Brad  Gothberg

Brad Gothberg

DONATION: $100

Great Cause Mike Best of Luck in Hawaii 3 weeks ago

Jonathan Robbins

Jonathan Robbins

DONATION: $100

3 weeks ago