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BENEFITING: GALLANTFEW

ORGANIZER: Leslie

EVENT: Run Ranger Run

EVENT DATE: Feb 28, 2013

Brandi Bragdon

THE STORY:

Our team is in memory of Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins.

Defense.gov News Release: "Sgt. Tanner S. Higgins, 23, of Yantis, Texas, died Apr. 14 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. "

Sgt. Tanner Higgins was a Ranger, one of the best at that. As a Ranger he was strong, driven and fearless. But Tanner was so much more than that to all of us who loved him. He was a friend, a brother, a son, and a husband. He had a contagious smile and a laugh that he couldn't contain. He would try to tell stories but break into a fit of giggles that prevented him from even taking a breath. He was passionate about, well, everything. He would fight to prove his point and he would pout if things weren't going his way. He would bounce back quickly and in his Texan drawl start his next sentence, "Hey man..." and explain why he had been so momentarily hurt. He loved his wife Shelby fiercely. It was as if he wanted to shelter her from all the things that could hurt her, keep her safely tucked away and preserve her beauty and innocence. He loved his Mom, Patti, and brothers, Dillon and Noah, so much that he often dismissed the thought of plans with friends to spend time with them. He was unwavering in faith. He loved the Lord and he trusted in His plan. He made the people around him strive to be better- better soldiers, better friends, better spouses, better people.

We love Tanner, and we miss him dearly, and that is why we have chosen to participate in Run Ranger Run. Here is what we will do:

A team of up to ten individuals will pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February (usually 28 days).  They will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for the stated veteran issues.

Veterans continue to battle record high levels of unemployment, under-employment,  homelessness and suicide.  The most recent Department of Labor Statistics from May 2012 show Global War on Terror veterans are 40% more likely to be unemployed than a person who never served.  The VA reports eighteen veterans take their own lives daily, and active duty suicides have averaged one per day this year – a rate unheard of before now. We can make a difference!

Concept

In 2012, 3rd Ranger Battalion veteran US Army Corporal Cory Smith, having deployed to combat twice, experienced having friends killed and wounded and with his own marriage failing decided to highlight the difficult journey home many soldiers have leaving the Army by undergoing a very public and very difficult journey home himself.  Cory decided to run 565 miles in 28 days with holding his daughter Elleigh in his arms the end goal of his run.

 

As a Result

To honor Cory’s incredible effort and to continue the momentum to raise awareness for veterans issues – particularly around divorce, unemployment, homelessness and suicide – we are offering an annual Run Ranger Run event.

The Event

Run Ranger Run:  A team of up to ten individuals will pledge to walk, run and/or ride bicycles a combined total of 565 miles in the month of February (usually 28 days).  They will raise funds for GallantFew and increase awareness for the stated veteran issues.

 

Key components

- A team captain recruits and forms his or her team.

 

-  Team goal is to walk, run or ride a bike (or any combination) a total of 565 miles during  February. 

 

- Teams can be two to ten people.

 

- Teams are not limited geographically.  It can be a local group that logs mileage together or could be a team spread out across the USA or even overseas.

 

- Teams can honor a fallen, wounded or serving soldier, sailor, airman or Marine by naming their team in honor of that person, and their team website should be able to reflect that.

 

- Teams will register and track their progress online

 

- Teams raise money by getting family, friends and co-workers to sponsor them per mile

 

Visit our official web site HERE.

 

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$125

MONEY RAISED
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The Team: $2,753 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Leslie Watts

Amount Raised

$747

 

15% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael Ross

Amount Raised

$725

Fundraiser Title

Patti Sells

Amount Raised

$410

Fundraiser Title

Brent Bartels

Amount Raised

$175

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Cameron Watts

Amount Raised

$150

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Athena Hubbard

Amount Raised

$146

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Kendall Encinas

Amount Raised

$130

 

3% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brandi Bragdon

Amount Raised

$125

Donor Comments

Jess and Michael Taylor

Jess and Michael Taylor

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Morgan Stincer

Morgan Stincer

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ANONYMOUS

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