MEDIA ALERT – Injured Veteran and Paralympian Comes to End of Cross-Country Fundraising Journey

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April 9, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - Double-amputee completes extraordinary feat with welcome home hosted by Semper Fi Fund

WHAT: Six months ago, Rob Jones embarked upon the journey of a lifetime, trekking over 5000 miles from coast to coast to raise funds and awareness for veteran charities, including the Semper Fi Fund, Read the rest of this entry »

Paralympian on Cross-Country Cycling Journey Close to the Finish Line!

Rob Jones is followed by his brother, Steve Miller, in a moving truck they converted into a sleep area on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Murphysboro, Ill. (Steve Matzker / The Southern)
April 3, 2014

Wounded Marine Rob Jones' quest to raise $1 million for charities that supported his recovery

Bar Harbor, ME to San Diego, CA - Rob Jones has never taken the easy route. So it was no surprise that the U.S. Paralympian and combat-wounded retired Marine chose Bar Harbor, Maine, as the starting point for his epic cross-country cycling trek. He began his adventure back on October 14th and is now making his way down the coast to the sandy beaches of Southern California. He's due to complete his journey at Camp Pendleton, CA on April 12th - the perfect place for a Marine veteran to be welcomed by fellow Marines after cycling over 5,000 miles! Read the rest of this entry »

Being there for Boston

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April 2, 2014

Boston, MA - The Semper Fi Fund and its America's Fund Program had a heartwarming reunion dinner with our friends in Boston this past week.

The reunion started with the Celtics' owners hosting our Veterans to amazing court side seats for their Wednesday night game against the Toronto Raptors the night before the dinner. It was an amazing experience and, once again, we were welcomed Read the rest of this entry »

In Any Clime and Place – Even Antarctica!

Lt.Col William "Wild Bill" Conner finished the 2014 Antarctica Marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund.
March 25, 2014

We hope you’ve been reading about the incredible adventure of Lieutenant Colonel William Conner—the 40-year-old Hawaii-based Marine who raised money for the Semper Fi Fund on March 9 by running a marathon … in Antarctica.

Bill’s fundraising goal was initially $17,750, to honor the USMC being founded in 1775. He raised his goal to $53,250 (17,750 x 3) and as of this writing is just over $46,000. His other goal was to reach 239 individual donors; Read the rest of this entry »

Champion Golfer Cristie Kerr Tees Off Support for Semper Fi Fund with The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

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March 20, 2014

GoDaddy Founder’s Charitable Foundation to Match Kerr’s LPGA Tour Winnings

PHOENIX, AZ, (March 20, 2014) – When Cristie Kerr tees off today at the JTBC Founders Cup, she’ll be competing for much more than a trophy. Semper Fi Fund is thrilled to announce that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will match 100 percent of Kerr’s 2014 LPGA Tour winnings, dollar-for-dollar, as a donation Read the rest of this entry »

On Wisconsin: Little paddling experience but plenty of heart

Nic Doucette, a former U.S. Marine, began planning his trip down the Mississippi River last summer. He grew up in Jefferson, spent four years in the service and is now a student studying business at UW-Whitewater. JOHN HART — State Journal
March 17, 2014

March 16, 2014 9:00 am • BARRY ADAMS | Wisconsin State Journal | badams@madison.com | 608-252-6148 | Link to article

HELENVILLE, WI — Nic Doucette is organized, in shape and determined.

And by the time he heads back to classes at UW-Whitewater next fall, he should also be an expert with a paddle. His real goal, however, is to raise money for his comrades in the U.S. armed services injured in the line of duty. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi member Josh Sweeney scores winning goal in sled hockey and helps bring home the gold for Team USA!

Sgt. Josh Sweeney scores winning goal for Team USA Sled Hockey for 1-0 win over Russia on March 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia..  Photos from USA Hockey Team article.
March 17, 2014

Sochi Russia - Sgt. Josh Sweeney, a Marine veteran from Phoenix, Arizona (double above-the-knee amputee) and member of Team Semper Fi scored the winning 1-0 goal over Russia in ice sled hockey this Saturday, bringing home the gold-medal for Team USA for the second year-in-a-row. This victory for Team USA Read the rest of this entry »

SI Now: Semper Fi Fund helps veterans heal through sports

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March 5, 2014

MORE SPORTS | Posted: 2014/03/04 | Source: SI | Link to Video
On Tuesday's SI Now, BJ Ganem and Cedric King of the Semper Fi Fund discuss how Team Semper Fi backed their personal and athletic goals, playing Wounded Warrior Football with NFL stars, and how sports help people heal. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Marine getting a smart home

February 27, 2014

By JOHN DAVIDSON | Gadsden Times | February 26, 2014 | Link to Article

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The next steps toward helping a wounded U.S. Marine become independent happened as organizers from various charities broke ground at the site of his future home.

Retired Sgt. Ben Tomlinson of Jacksonville served in the Marines in the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and deployed twice to the Helmand Province, the center of the Taliban insurgency and opium trade in Afghanistan. He was shot in the back, leaving him paralyzed him from the chest down. Read the rest of this entry »

The Semper Fi Fund Announces The Peter Murphy Semper Fi Fund Sports Program

Peter Michael Murphy. January 31, 1945 - November 15, 2013
February 27, 2014

New Name Honors Longtime Semper Fi Fund Board Member and Counsel to the Commandant of the Marine Corps

February 17, 2014 (Camp Pendleton, CA)Team Semper Fi and Team America’s Fund—two athletic programs for wounded service members who have embraced the spirit of recovery through sport—have been consolidated Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi shreds Tahoe with Disabled Sports and US Paralympic Club

February 7, 2014

Tahoe Daily Tribune | Staff Report | Link to Article
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Disabled Sports USA Far West hosted an adaptive ski event Jan. 24-26 for Team Semper Fi, a group of disabled service men and women.

Team Semper Fi members received high-level training from former and current Olympic and Paralympic athletes through a partnership with the US Paralympic Club.

Disabled Sports Technical Director and former Paralympian Bill Bowness coached Team Semper Fi members, who were training for competition level skiing and perhaps a future spot on the US Paralympic Ski Team. Read the rest of this entry »

DONALD HEATH: BJ Ganem is a different kind of football hero

February 3, 2014

Posted: February 2, 2014 - 4:48pm | Updated: February 3, 2014 - 12:26am | Follow This Article | Tweets by @DonaldHeathSMN

By Donald Heath

His mobility has been hindered, but his direction has never been clearer.

It’s been more than nine years since a roadside bombing during his patrol in Iraq took a portion of Savannah native BJ Ganem’s lower left leg, leaving him now with a prosthetic leg below the knee.

But the attack couldn’t take away his spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

BJ Ganem and Dan Lasko on ESPN

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January 30, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - Our own B.J. Ganem and Cpl. Dan Lasko, USMC (Ret.) joined ESPN's "Outside the Lines" to discuss their involvement in the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and their game against former NFL players and 9/11 first-responders!

See their appearance on the show and learn more Read the rest of this entry »

BJ Ganem Talks about the Semper Fi Fund on David Letterman Show

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January 29, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - Our own B.J. Ganem appeared on the David Letterman show last night to discuss the Semper Fi Fund and his involvement in the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and their upcoming game!

See BJ's appearance on the show Read the rest of this entry »

An Evening with the Semper Fi Fund at the World Trade Center, NYC

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January 23, 2014

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New York, NY - The Semper Fi Fund will be hosting its annual NYC invitational "Evening with the Semper Fi Fund" where our supporters and those we support come together for an intimate evening, full of special guests who share our passion for our mission and those we serve.

Held annually to discuss our mission and raise awareness of the challenges our service members and their families face, the Evening with the Semper Fi Fund is a wonderful opportunity for those who "can make a difference" to gather together and discuss strategies for success. Read the rest of this entry »