I am honored to join Team Travis & Brendan (T&B) in running the 2013 Marine Corp Marathon, taking place on October 27th! The team's fundraising efforts benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, an organization assisting our nation's veterans and families of Fallen Heroes:
"Shortly after the death of 1st Lt. Travis Manion in Iraq on Apr. 29, 2007, the fallen Marine’s mother, Janet Manion, founded the Travis Manion Foundation with a goal of honoring the fallen by challenging the living. Until her death on Apr. 24, 2012, Janet worked tirelessly to help families of other fallen service members, veterans, and active duty troops. The words her son spoke before leaving for his second and final deployment to Iraq – “If Not Me, Then Who...” – inspired Janet every day as she built the Travis Manion Foundation from the ground up. With Travis and Janet’s legacies providing a source of daily inspiration, the Travis Manion Foundation’s staff and volunteers work day and night to assist members of the military community".
To read more about the mission of the Travis Manion Foundation, click the following link: http://www.travismanion.org/about-the-foundation/our-mission/
Team Travis & Brendan is a grassroots program, bringing the “If Not Me, Then Who…” movement to local communities. All across the country, people are taking their unique interests, passions, and talents and transforming them into community fundraisers and athletic endeavors. The team was inspired by best friends, United States Naval Academy roommates, and Fallen Heroes, Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion and LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney.
I was introduced to T&B by my brother-in-law Dave Birsner (and running-partner!) and his cousin, United States Navy Officer, Jonathan Birsner. Please help us in supporting this great cause!