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

February 3, 2014

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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 »

Semper Fi Fund Matching Challenge Raises $5 Million for Wounded, Critically Ill Veterans

January 13, 2014

Philanthropy News Digest | Link to Article | January 13, 2014

The Semper Fi Fund has announced that it raised $5 million through a holiday matching campaign to help support wounded and critically ill veterans.

The total, which is more than double the original two-month campaign goal, was supported by dollar-for-dollar matching donations from The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation and Web site domain registration site GoDaddy, which Bob Parsons founded and serves as executive chair. After Semper Fi reached its original fundraising goal of $2 million, the Parsons Foundation pledged an additional $1.5 million in matching funds. Funds were raised via Semper Fi's dedicated donation page and at GoDaddy's checkout page, part of the company's program that allows customers to round up their purchase totals to the nearest dollar and effectively donate their spare change. Read the rest of this entry »

Sgt. Michael Nicholson: Wounded Tampa Marine moves into smart home you helped build

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January 10, 2014

Grayson Kamm | CBS WTSP TV, 10 News | 12:28 PM, Jan 9, 2014 | Link to Article
Tampa, Florida -- A special home in the works since last year has been turned over to its new owner, a Marine who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Mike Nicholson is moving into a smart home with incredible technology that you helped build.

After two-and-a-half years of recovery and pain, Read the rest of this entry »

Jerry Coleman, 1924-2014

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January 10, 2014

San Diego, CA - “Jerry Coleman helped win six World Series and one World War.”

That statement alone, part of a moving tribute to Jerry made by broadcaster Keith Olbermann (view it here on YouTube), would be a remarkable obituary in and of itself, but it just scratches the surface of trying to describe the life of a truly amazing man and a highly decorated Marine pilot. Read the rest of this entry »

A Match Made in Heaven: Your $2.5 Million Becomes $5 Million!!

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January 10, 2014

What a way to end 2013 and begin the new year!

Donors like you have come together in a big way to support the Semper Fi Fund in our mission to serve those who serve us all: You’ve met the GoDaddy/Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation matching donations challenge and pledged $2.5 million in this holiday season to support our efforts!

That means the power of your donations doubled, too—thanks to The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and GoDaddy, that $2.5 million became Read the rest of this entry »

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation – GoDaddy “Matching Challenge” Raises $5MM to Help Injured Service Members via the Semper Fi Fund

January 7, 2014

Campaign Matching Customer Donations Dollar-for-Dollar Exceeds Original Goal

Scottsdale, AZ - (PRWEB) January 07, 2014 | Via Virtual-Strategy Magazine - Link to Article

Semper Fi Fund, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and GoDaddy have announced the results of their two-month matching challenge. Thanks to GoDaddy, Bob and Renee Parsons and the hundreds of individual supporters who gave to the Semper Fi Fund this holiday season, the campaign raised an unprecedented $5 million - more than double the initial goal. Read the rest of this entry »

Two-wheeled trek: Double amputee cycles cross country to raise money for vets

January 5, 2014

The Southern Illiniosan | January 02, 2014 1:00 am | By Dustin Duncan | Link to Article
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ALTO PASS — Rob Jones may have lost his legs in Afghanistan in 2010, but he has not lost his sense of adventure.

The retired Marine sergeant from Lovettsville, Va., is cycling from Bar Harbor, Maine to southern California in an effort to raise money for veterans.

Jones said his trip started in October and he has been riding about 35 miles a day. He has ridden a total of 2,093 miles Wednesday with his trip from Goreville to Von Jakob Winery & Brewery in Alto Pass. Jones said he has calculated his whole trip will be around 5,400 miles. He plans to finish his journey in April. Read the rest of this entry »

$2.5 Million x You = An Amazing December to Remember!

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December 27, 2013

As 2013 comes to an end, we are grateful beyond words for the generosity of our supporters—and have some incredibly exciting news to share.

Donors like you have come together in a big way to support the Semper Fi Fund in our mission to serve those who serve us all: You’ve met the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation matching donations challenge and pledged $2 million in this holiday season to support our efforts.

But wait: There’s more! The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has once again increased the maximum amount of the matching donations challenge. First, they doubled the $1 million GoDaddyTBRPF matching campaign to $2 million (Bob Parsons is the founder of GoDaddy)—and now they’ve upped the ante to $2.5 million! Read the rest of this entry »

PLEDGE TO HELP SEMPER FI FUND DOUBLES TO $2MM

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December 9, 2013

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Steps Up with More $ to Match

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 9, 2013) –The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is raising the stakes in order to help even more injured or critically ill military service personnel by doubling the matching fund limit from $1 million, up to $2 million to the Semper Fi Fund. This means donations through December 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to another million. The initial charity drive in partnership with GoDaddy, has already reached its goal for $1 million in matching funds almost one month ahead of schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Every Bead and Stone Tells a Story

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December 8, 2013

San Clemente, CA - Suzi Burke is a 73-year-old mother of two, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of three. Speaking with her, one is immediately struck by a boundless energy and enthusiasm that most people one-half (or even one-third) her age can’t ever hope to match.

This spirit has enabled her and a veritable platoon of Marine wives to raise $96,000 for the Semper Fi Fund over the past five years by creating Read the rest of this entry »

Journal Sentinal – All-terrain wheelchair re-opens outdoors to disabled hunters

Jake Janes uses a duck call while hunting with Chad Hermansonn Tuesday, November 12, 2013 while duck hunting near Evansville, Wis. Jake Janes and Chad Hermanson, who have been friends and hunting buddies for years, are still able to pursue their passion with the development of high-mobility tracked wheelchairs.   MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM
November 22, 2013

By Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel | Nov. 21, 2013 4:00 a.m. | Link to article

Evansville — In the predawn icy darkness, Jake Janes and Chad Hermanson head to their duck blind near a creek that flows into Lake Leota. Wearing head lamps, they traverse snow-covered ground as Hermanson's Labrador retriever, Cooper, bounds ahead of them, whining with excitement. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox 45 Baltimore – Marine Corps Vet Cycling From ME to CA

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November 16, 2013

Baltimore, MD - A Marine Corps Veteran is cycling across America, going from Maine to California. Today in Howard County, FOX45 had the privilege of getting the meet the double amputee, who hopes to 'pay it forward.'

Rob Jones, a Marine Corps Veteran, was wounded in Afghanistan in 2011, when the IED he was searching for exploded. Jones lost both of his legs below the knee. Jones told FOX45 he wanted to do an adventure after he finished recovering.

"So I figured riding a bike across the country would be pretty cool," Jones said. Read the rest of this entry »