Silver City Sun-News: Marine Vet riding coast-to-coast raising money for injured Marine veterans makes stop in Silver City

May 28, 2012
Rick Hermelin's 100 Day for the Corps SIlver City  Sun News

Hermelin on his ElliptiGO in front of the Tyrone Fire Station. (Photo by Alison Trombley for the Sun-News)

By Christine Steele | Sun-News | | May 28, 2012

Marine Vet riding coast-to-coast raising money for injured Marine veterans makes stop in Silver City
Goal of $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

SILVER CITY A 71-year-old Marine veteran riding coast-to-coast on an elliptical bike made a stop in Silver City this weekend and was hosted by the Silver City Fire Department and the Tyrone Fire Department before heading off the final leg of his journey.

Rick Hermelin is riding across the U.S. on my ElliptiGO, trying to raise at least $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Read the rest of this entry »

Joplin Globe: Pittsburg woman, a brain tumor survivor and marathoner, raising funds to help wounded veterans

May 27, 2012

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni | Joplin Globe News| | May 27, 2012

Semper Fi Fund Team runner Kimberly Harries

Kimberly Harries - Photo by Globe | T. Rob Brown

PITTSBURG, Kan. — She thought, at first, that the headaches — bad headaches that wouldn’t go away — were just from stress, or maybe allergies.

She was a mother of two young boys, her husband had just finished his doctoral dissertation, and they were planning to move from their home in St. Louis to Oklahoma for his new university job.

When the pain became unbearable one May evening in 2005, she went to the emergency room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis to get medication.

It was then that 33-year-old Kimberly Harries learned she had a brain tumor. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Reputable Veterans Charities to Donate to this Memorial Day

May 24, 2012

By Shaun Kahmann | Carlsbad Patch News | | May 24, 2012

With Memorial Day on the horizon, many kind folks will be opening their wallets to charities that claim to help ailing veterans and their families. Unfortunately, more than a few will get taken for a ride by organizations with less than scrupulous business practices. A 2-year CNN investigation revealed a disabled veterans charity may only be giving 2 percent of the millions of dollars it's received in donations to veterans. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Receives Third Consecutive 4 Star Rating From Charity Navigator

Semper Fi Fund receives 4 Star Charity Rating
May 23, 2012

Camp Pendleton, CA – The Semper Fi Fund has been recognized by Charity Navigator for the third consecutive year with the highest possible rating, four stars. Read the rest of this entry »

SunSentinel: Divots for heroes ‘Lamborghini Polo Classic’

May 23, 2012
SunSentinel divot for Semper Fi Fund

Sun Sentinel || May 23, 2012

Lamborghini Palm Beach participated as the presenting sponsor of "The Lamborghini Palm Beach Polo Classic" on May 12 at Polo West raising more than $12,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund. "The Lamborghini Polo Classic" team played in the featured match at the "Polo & Balloon Festival" on May 11-13. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warrior Team to Climb Denali, the Highest Mountain in North America

May 22, 2012

ROCKVILLE, Md. — May 22, 2012 — Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), one of the nation’s largest sport organizations for people with disabilities, announced its Team Warfighter Sports’ climb of Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska, the highest mountain in North America and one of the coldest in the world. Guided by Mountain Trip, the climb is set to begin on June 10, shortly after Memorial Day, to honor the sacrifices of America’s heroes, and end around Independence Day, a day that celebrates the freedoms won by military service members. Read the rest of this entry »

DVID: Coast to Coast ElliptiGo Run

May 22, 2012

Sgt. Sinthia Rosario | Defense Video & Imagery Distribution | | May 22, 2012

EL PASO, Texas — A 71-year-old former Marine on a coast to coast ElliptiGo Run to raise money for Injured Marines and promote physical fitness arrives at the Central Fire Station at downtown El Paso, Texas, Monday morning, May 21.

The ElliptiGo is the first outdoor, low-impact, fitness device designed to emulate the running motion. It allows athletes of all levels to get a high-intensity workout without experiencing the repetitive impact of running.

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KDBC El Paso: 71-Year-Old Former Marine Ellipti Goes Across Country

May 21, 2012
Semper Fi Fund supporter Rick Hermelin video  El Paso KDBC

By Lindsey Ashcraft - Producer | KDBC TV | | May 21, 2012

EL PASO — A 71-year-old man... off his rocker... and on an Elliptigo... an outdoor fitness device similar to the indoor elliptical trainer.

"This is still running. This is running with no impact," said Rick Hermelin. Read the rest of this entry »

WWAY 3: Third-grader’s walk-a-thon raised $600 for injured Marines

May 18, 2012
WWAY 3 TV: Jake Sullivan organized a walk-a-thon for the Semper Fi Fund

WWAY 3 TV: Jake Sullivan organized a walk-a-thon for the Semper Fi Fund

By Asha Dave | WWAY 3 TV Wilmington, NC | | May 18, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A third grader and his friends gave more than $600 to help wounded veterans today.

Jake Sullivan organized a walk-a-thon for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps injured and ill Marines. The nine-year-old and three of his friends walked a track around the playground to raise the money.
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Press Enterprise: Golf tournament raises $30,000 for wounded troops

May 17, 2012

A charity golf tournament this month raised more than $30,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Pueblo Chieftain: Ex-Marine rides for comrades; Cross-country journey helps raise funds for families of wounded

May 15, 2012

By Loretta Sword | The Pueblo Chieftain | | May 15, 2012

Battered by a bad fall in the mountains and bruised by corporate downsizing, former Marine Tim Tuomey got an idea during the short time he allowed himself some self-pity: He’d bike 3,355 miles across the U.S. to raise $50,000 for wounded Marines and sailors.

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Carolina News 14: Brothers walking cross-country for charities

May 14, 2012

By Amy Elliott | Carolina News 14 | | May 14, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. -- Two brothers are walking and longboarding coast to coast to raise money for three worthy charities.

Tanner and Caleb Childs started their 3,000 mile journey to San Francisco in Wrightsville Beach Monday morning.

News 14 TV Brothers walking cross country for Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »

Start-Up Re-Up Energy Drink Makes First Donation To Marines’ Semper Fi Fund

May 9, 2012

Bev Net News | | May 9, 2012

Novato, CA (May 8, 2012) — Re-Up, a low-caffeine, high-vitamin energy drink by the Patriot Beverage Co. in Novato, CA made its first donation from quarterly sales to the Marine Corp’s Semper Fi Fund. Re-Up CEO Michael Spearman gave Semper Fi $2,000 on Monday, May 7th and promised “a lot more where that came from. Hopefully.” Read the rest of this entry »

Cape May County Herald: Triathlon in Sea Isle City Will Benefit Injured Veterans

May 9, 2012

By Cape May County Herald | | May 9, 2012

Tri for Our Vets Team Semper Fi Member Marine Aaron McHihelk

Team Semper Fi Member Aaron McHihelk at Tri For Our Vets 2011

SEA ISLE CITY – During Memorial Day Weekend, hundreds of athletes will gather in Sea Isle City to compete in the 5th Annual Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon and Duathlon Sat., May 26, starting at 7:00 a.m. The popular sprint-distance race will attract participants from across the nation, including active-duty military personnel, cadets and midshipmen from West Point and Annapolis Military Academies, members of running clubs, university students and many other athletes who will help raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and Sea Isle City’s VFW Post 1963.

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USA Today: Disabled vets get hot wheels despite their wheelchairs

May 9, 2012

By Chris Woodyard | USA Today || May 9, 2012

Left a paraplegic by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan two years ago, retired Marine Jack Pierce vows not to let his disability leave him in life's slow lane.

Pierce applies that attitude to pretty much everything, including. right now, his summer vacation.

Pierce plans to drive his wife and two-year-old son a tour of national parks and monuments in their 2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup, towing a fifth-wheel RV trailer specially outfitted for his needs. And tethered to the trailer will be a three-wheel motorcycle that lets him drive in his wheelchair. Read the rest of this entry »