BENEFITING: INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2014
Hello Family, Friends and Supporters.
On Saturday, April 12th, I will be taking part in the Spartan Race to be held at Citifield in Flushing, NY. For those of you who know me well, you are likely scratching your heads, wondering if I really have any clue as to what a Spartan Race actually entails. To that I say, my definition of “taking part” may be quite different than yours. Indeed, my day at the race may include frequent stops at the snack bar, and a tour of the visiting team’s locker room, complete with a turn in the whirlpool. What started as a “Hey, that looks like it could be fun. Let’s give it a shot.”, is fast turning into a “Well this is another fine mess you’ve gotten yourself into, Ollie.” moment. It seems the more I train, a term I use in its broadest sense, the more grateful I am that this is a day-long event in a lighted facility. I may take advantage of every minute that a day has to offer in order to complete the course.
Live and learn.
Clearly I’m not competing for any accolades. I am, however, using this opportunity to honor and support true spartans, those of the US military. I have long admired the dedication, bravery, and strength of our enlisted men and women. “Courage” and “hero” are words that are overused in our everyday lives of late, but in the case of our servicemen and women, the words fall short in describing their selflessness.
As we are all aware, many of our servicemen and women return from conflict having suffered life-altering injuries. Noteworthy organizations have been established to assist these valiant soldiers and their families. One such organization is The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a sister organization of The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. As its website states, “the Fund has raised over $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans” since its formation in 2000. Presently, it is focused on raising roughly $100 million to be used to complete nine satellite centers, which will complement the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a 72,000 square foot facility located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The facility specializes in research, diagnosis and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The satellites will extend access and care to even more service members and veterans.
Please consider making a donation to this fund, and remember those who have made profound sacrifices to protect our precious freedom.
And keep me in mind on April 12. Pray that I won’t be in need of a different level of medical attention by the day’s end!