Will You Help Me Raise Money for Injured Marines?

If you’re a dedicated reader, you’re probably wondering why there are two NMA posts in one day.  (That is, if you’re a dedicated reader who doesn’t read post titles.)

Anyway, I kinda screwed up on something, and I’m hoping you’ll help me out.

For several months now, I’ve known that I’ll be running the Marine Corps Marathon on October 31st.  Not only that, but I’ll have the immense pleasure of running it with a former marine, my brother-in-law Kevin, to help pace him to his first 3:30 marathon.

I can only imagine what an emotional experience it will be.  And to make it even better, we’re part of a team that’s raising money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.  I committed to raise 300 dollars.

Doesn’t sound too screwed up yet, does it?  Well, here’s what happened.

I decided I’d wait until after my Vermont 50-miler before I announced this on the blog and asked you to help me reach that goal.  I planned to do so next week, but today I got an email saying that the team deadline is tomorrow (Friday)!

So basically, I need to come up with my 300 bucks in a few hours.  And that’s where I’m hoping you’ll help me out.

If a marine or other armed forces member you know has touched your life in some way, I hope you’ll consider donating to this cause.  You’ll be doing something great, and (far less importantly) doing me a big favor as well.

If you’d like to help out, here’s my link where you can donate and learn more about the Semper Fi Fund.  Like I said, I need to raise this money by tomorrow, or who knows what those marines that make up the rest of the team will do to “that tree-hugger guy who didn’t raise his money.” :)

In all seriousness, I really appreciate your help.  Here’s a little info about Kevin, the former marine I’ll be running with and a guy I’m damn proud to call my brother-in-law.

I’m a former Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, served 11 years on active duty.  I was born in Hudson, NY and joined the Marine Corps in December of ‘94 – seeking to support the greatest war fighting machine on the planet and wear those dress blues. ;) I worked in various communications roles throughout my 11 years served on active duty.

Highlights, 2 tours of duty supporting Operation(s) Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Enduring Freedom (OEF), first tour in Kuwait and Iraq during the war conflict in ’02-‘03 and again in Fallujah ’04-‘05.  Also, supported Joint Task Force – Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA) in ’96-’97.  My various duty stations included Japan, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii, and Camp Pendleton, CA, and 29 Palms, CA.  I left the active duty ranks in ’05 and made San Diego, CA my home.  I’ve been supporting Government contracts since at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command – Pacific (SPAWAR – PAC) and at Camp Pendleton, CA working in the Information Assurance (IA) industry.

I’m running the 35th running of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) aka ‘Peoples Marathon’ for the first time and fund raising/promoting awareness for the ‘Injured Marine | Semper Fi’ fund.

I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, taking long walks with my dog, hiking, running, mountain bike running, golfing, exploring/sight seeing, and travel.



Again, if you’d like to help out, you can click here to donate, even if it’s just a couple dollars.  Thanks so much for your help.

*Just to clarify: You’re more than welcome to donate after Friday, and it’ll go to the same place.  It’s just that I need to have raised 300 by tomorrow.



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  1. I wish I could donate more because this is a wonderful cause. I have a good friend that was a marine and they are a special kind of person.

  2. I have several amazing friends who are marines; you’re running for a great cause! I’ll definitely donate to this :)

  3. I donated! Good luck meeting your goal.

  4. Hey Matt! Didn’t know you were running this. It sounds great. I know you had reached your goal but I donated a but as well. Hope all it well. Don

  5. Happy to donate for a great cause!

  6. Way to go Matt! Great cause!

  7. I am also a former Marine and ran that marathon for my first time last year. It’s a great run and your helping an awesome cause. I’ll definitely donate!

  8. Looks like you exceeded the goal! Congrats.

    I’ll be right there running the race with you! Maybe I’ll see you at the finish line.

    • Hey Doug, I thinking about doing some sort of meetup thing with readers. Emily from the Front Burner is also running, so we were thinking maybe we’d do a joint thing after the race. I’ll post more about it once we figure out the details.

  9. done and done. looks like you made it (and then some!). i’m always happy to help out fellow runners for a good cause. best of luck to kevin on getting his 3:30!

  10. As a Brit now living in the USA I always think of Churchill’s words when I see a uniformed soldier:

    ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’

    What applied to the Royal Air Force, during the Battle of Britain can easily apply to the world struggles today.

    Good luck with this run Matt.

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