Wounded warrior gets back on road with bike – Injured in bombing in Iraq, Akron Marine Oy Rassavong enjoys being able to exercise.

Semper Fi Fund Coverage - Hero Stories
November 2, 2010

By Jim Carney, The Akron Beacon Journal - November 2, 2010

Semper Fi Fund Coverage - Hero Stories


Oy Rassavong rides his new adaptive bike on the trail at the Wilbeth Road Towpath. Riding is part of Rassavong's recovery from a traumatic brain injury and other wounds he suffered in Iraq over five years ago. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

Akron, OH - "Oy Rassavong was ready for a workout.

Wearing a Wounded Warrior and Soldier Ride T-shirt and other gear on a frigid day in late October, Rassavong was excited to take his new recumbent three-wheeler out for a spin.
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A $3,500 donation from Team Semper Fi, a part of the nonprofit Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, paid for the trike made by Inspired Cycle Engineering of England. It was modified specifically for Rassavong by Creative Mobility."

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Marine ‘Gumps’ Running Coast-To-Coast, Runners Arrived In Las Vegas On Monday

November 1, 2010

By FOX-5 Vegas, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, NV - November 1, 2010, 11:12PST

Las Vegas, NV - "Nearing the end of their journey, six Marines are passing through Las Vegas on their way to complete the Gumpathon, a two month long coast-to-coast run.

"It's my way to give something back to them," runner Charles Padilla said."

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Team Semper Fi’s uphill climb

October 31, 2010

By Rick Snyder, The Washington Examiner - October 31, 2010

Washington, DC - "Marine Sgt. Michael Blair remembers the Humvee's door blowing off its hinges during a 2006 patrol in Iraq. The metal floor plates rising into his legs. Doctors said he'd never run again.

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Cyclists conquer more than desert

October 30, 2010

By Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar- October 25, 2010

Miramar, CA - "Your whole life can change in a moment.
April 11, 2005: a young Marine driving a truck in Iraq hit an improvised explosive device and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that left him unable to walk, talk or use most of the right side of his body.

Oct. 16, 2010: that same Marine, Angel Gomez, pedaled to the finish line in San Diego with 51 other cyclists after traversing more than 430 miles from Phoenix."

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Coast-to-coast ‘Gumpathon’ challenge hitting the home straight

October 30, 2010

By The Scunthorpe Telegraph, Scunthorpe, UK - October 30, 2010, 09:00

Scunthorpe, UK - "A ROYAL marine is spending two months completing a jaw-dropping 34 marathons across America to raise thousands for three military charities."

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Golfers chipping away in memory of fallen soldier

October 25, 2010

By Kimberly Poore, The Sun - October 25, 2010

Pasadena, TX - "Golfers are gathering at Northgate Country Club to honor a fallen marine and to help those who have been injured serving their country. The Braden Bailess Memorial Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Nov. 8. This year’s event marks the fifth annual event memorializing the life of Marine Braden Bailess."

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Marathons: What happens before the starting line

October 20, 2010

By Lenny Bernstein and Vicky Hallett, The Washington Post - October 21, 2010

Washington, DC - "Overcoming obstacles -- physical, mental and spiritual -- is the essence of marathon running. The 30,000 participants in the 2010 Marine Corps Marathon have conquered heat, humidity, hills, fatigue and in some cases injuries to reach the starting line of the 35th annual "People's Marathon." Still others have surmounted more personal challenges to get there. Here are a few of their stories."

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Family running to honor brother, fallen Marine

October 19, 2010

By Lisa Roose Church, The Daily Press - October 19, 2010

Brighton, MI - "When her brother was killed in Iraq, Katy Kerch ran. At first, running allowed the 41-year-old Brighton woman to deal with her grief. Now, Kerch runs the annual Marine Corps Marathon — 26.2 miles on Oct. 31 — in memory of her brother and to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund,"

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Dorset Marines run half way across USA

October 19, 2010

By Lisa Roose Church, The Daily Press - October 19, 2010, 8:00AM

Dorset, UK - "TWO Dorset marines who are taking part in a Forrest Gump-inspired coast-to-coast run across America have reached the half-way point.

The Royal Marines, Corporal Lloyd Fenner, 29, and Jamie Jobson, aged 24, are part of a six-man team, consisting of American and British marines, who are attempting the incredible 3,530-mile run, dubbed the Gumpathon, to raise £1m for forces’ charities."

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SC Marine wounded in Iraq still fighting – this time for benefits

October 17, 2010

By Andrew Dys, The Herald - October 17, 2010, 8:46PM

Rock Hill, SC - "Look at Brian Dunn, and you see the "USMC" tattoo across his arm, the Marine haircut and his flashing eyes when the talk is about bombers that he spent so long fighting and yes - killing - in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
Bombers that almost killed him, too."

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Group runs so others can too

October 17, 2010

By John Mark Beilue, The Amarillo Globe - October 17, 2010, 4:19AM

Amarillo, TX - "The British Royal Marine jogged along Washington Street in front of St. Mary's Catholic School about noon Friday. He slapped hands with many of the children lined on the sidewalk, all holding small American flags."

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Family-Friendly Running Event

October 16, 2010

By Ann Brennan, Annapolis Patch - October 16, 2010

Annapolis, MD - "Being married to a runner is great in so many ways. Knowing that he is healthy and fit, seeing the effects his running routine has had on his body and knowing that he understands what is going on with my training are just a few of the benefits of having a running spouse."

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Wounded vets raising money by running across the country, cross Oklahoma

October 15, 2010

By Bryan Dean, News OK - October 15, 2010

Oklahoma City, OK - "Bill Dunham, of Norman, ran with the group as they passed through Oklahoma. He lost his leg in 1989 while serving with the Army in Panama. If you want to understand what life is like for Bill Dunham, it's not enough to walk a mile in his shoes. Try running a mile on his prosthetic leg. Dunham, 42, of Norman, had his leg amputated after he was wounded in 1989 while serving with Army Rangers in Panama during an operation to apprehend former dictator Manuel Noriega.

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Opening Ceremony Sends Scottsdale Ride For Semper Fi On 430-Mile Trek

October 14, 2010

By KPHO-TV, CBS Ch5 - October 13, 2010, 7:14pm MST

Scottsdale, AZ - "There was a big sendoff Wednesday morning for 50 cyclists who have set up on a 430-mile ride from Scottsdale to San Diego. They are raising money for injured Marines returning home from overseas. Their ceremony featured bike riders making the trip and former injured Marines."

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Dozens ‘Ride for Semper Fi’ to help injured Marines

October 14, 2010

By Brien McElhatten, KNXV-TV, ABC Ch15 - October 14, 2010

Scottsdale, AZ - "Dozens of cyclists began peddling their way from Scottsdale to San Diego Wednesday to help fellow service members in need. Fifty riders are the mission to help their brothers and sisters in arms in the third annual Ride for Semper Fi."

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