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Team TAPS TCS New York City Marathon 2016

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Janice Vales

THE STORY:

On November 6, 2016, I will be running with Team TAPS in their inaugural TCS New York City Marathon.  The TAPS mission is to remember and honor fallen service members, while raising funds to provide compassion, comfort and hope to surviving families and loved ones.  I am especially grateful to have been given the opportunity to run in honor and in memory of the life and legacy of Lt. Florence Bacong Choe. 

In May of 2008, Florence volunteered for duty to Camp Mike Spann in northern Afghanistan, where she mentored the Afghans as they devised their healthcare system for their army. While there, she also formed a library and set up the camp's 'United Through Reading' program, which allowed military personnel to read stories to their children on DVDs. On March 27, 2009, while out on an afternoon jog, Florence and another Navy officer were shot and killed by an Afghan National Army soldier, who then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Florence was only 35. 

Although I did not know Florence personally, her story hit home for me.  Not only was she of Filipino descent, a native San Diegan within my social circle and born and raised into the military, Florence was a loving mother to her then 3 year-old daughter Kristen and wife to LCDR, Dr. Jay Choe; a loyal daughter, sister and relative; a good friend to many; and a highly-respected comrade and colleague. Florence's service, bravery and ultimate sacrifice for our country, her family and other military families, has truly inspired me.

Thus, with great pride and respect, on behalf of Team TAPS, I will run 26.2 miles at the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon in remembrance of the life and legacy of  Lt. Florence Bacong Choe.  So that TAPS may continue to be instrumental in the recovery of survivors, as they had for both Kristen and Jay Choe, your consideration in donating to this great cause would  be deeply appreciated. Thank you all, in advance, for your support and encouragement during my journey!

To learn more about Florence’s amazing life, successes and accomplishments, please click on the following:

Courtesy of CNN:

Moving on when a mom is killed at war

http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/08/us/cnnheroes-war-widower/

Courtesy of USAA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y78T6I3uNi8


Courtesy of United Through Reading:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dZJ8atehJk

$2,670

MONEY RAISED
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  • Janice Vales

    $50

  • Greg Petty

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jay, Leah, Kristin, Dana

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Ton & Grace

     

  • Pasag Family

    $30

  • Resie Collins

     

  • Camaclang Family

    $100

  • Lily & Doug Abad

     

  • Yamane Family

     

  • Jonathan Pablo

    $25

  • Arlene Adams

    $50

  • Team World Marathon Majors

     

  • Danny

     

  • Garreth Germono

    $50

  • Ed Fallago

    $30

  • Jacque, Preston, Alyssa and Pepe

     

  • Ruffy Bacong, Jr.

     

  • Rufino&Frances; Bacong

     

  • Jennifer Orje

    $50

  • The Alfonso Family

     

  • Maddox, Rosa & Sean

    $50

  • Maurice & Jeanette Gangoy

    $100

  • Lani Jazmin

     

  • Maribelle and Mike O'Brien

    $100

  • Dennis and Anne

     

  • Emil & Irene

     

  • Wena and Parker

    $50

  • Deanna Elauria

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mike and Krisha Benavides

    $100

  • Juliana & Mark Esteban

    $50

  • Sham and Noel

    $100

  • Sarmiento-Quinto Family

    $100

  • Luana Concepcion

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Marissa Sicat

     

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102% Raised of$2,620 Goal

The Team: $20,207 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jamie Sienko

Amount Raised

$3,621

 

121% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mindy Dickmyer

Amount Raised

$2,925

 

112% Raised of$2,620 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Karen Meeker

Amount Raised

$2,865

 

28% Raised of$10,101 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Shannon Welden

Amount Raised

$2,736

Fundraiser Title

Janice Vales

Amount Raised

$2,670

 

102% Raised of$2,620 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kimberly Taylor

Amount Raised

$2,645

 

101% Raised of$2,620 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dave Ghabrial

Amount Raised

$2,620

Fundraiser Title

TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURV...

Amount Raised

$100

 

0% Raised of$25,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Marissa Sicat

Marissa Sicat

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Luana Concepcion

Luana Concepcion

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Sarmiento-Quinto Family

Sarmiento-Quinto Family

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Sham and Noel

Sham and Noel

DONATION: $100

In Memory of Tom Blake and John Keith and all who have made the ultimate sacrifice! Also much gratitude and love to the families who have lost love ones! TAPS is an amazing charity. Have a great race, Janice!! 3 years ago

Juliana & Mark Esteban

Juliana & Mark Esteban

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Mike and Krisha Benavides

Mike and Krisha Benavides

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

God bless you! 3 years ago

Deanna Elauria

Deanna Elauria

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Wena and Parker

Wena and Parker

DONATION: $50

In memory and honor of those who have sacrificed so much. We thank you! 3 years ago