By The Press Enterprise – Riverside | PE.com | April 18, 2012
KWB Wealth Managers Group and Arrowhead Orthopaedics are teaming up to sponsor a golf tournament May 4 to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.
The event has been inspired by U.S. Marine Cpl. Justin Crabbe, a native of the Inland Empire who is undergoing medical treatment and rehabilitation at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for injuries sustained Aug. 26 in Afghanistan.
Crabbe was 22 years old when his physical condition was altered forever. The improvised explosive device that he stepped on took both his legs, three fingers and his thumbs.
Now this young man is working hard to put the past behind him. He hopes to be discharged from the military in early 2013 and looks forward to returning to civilian life.
Crabbe’s story is similar to many wounded soldiers returning from tours of duty in the Middle East. These young men and women deal, for the rest of their lives, with the injuries they sustained. Medical advances and technology have enabled many to resume near-normal daily activity, but the transition to their new way of life is expensive and the family is often needed to help.
Kerry Bubb, president of KWB Wealth Managers Group, notes that “most of us can only imagine having to deal with these challenges and heartaches, either as an injured soldier or as a loved one. For them, life is dramatically altered without notice.”
In Crabbe’s case, the routine of both his mother, a full-time employee at Southern California Edison and his father, a full-time employee at ESRI in Redlands, were abruptly disrupted as they scrambled to arrange for time off and relocate thousands of miles away in order to assist in their son’s rehabilitation. Added to this family’s daily living expenses were transportation, meals and other costs associated with being in Maryland for the aid of their fallen Marine.
Humanitarian organizations such as the Semper Fi Fund, along with co-workers at Southern California Edison, ESRI and friends and family came to the Crabbes’ aid. But there is more to be done for Justin Crabbe, his family and for other fallen men and women and their families.
Throughout the rehabilitation process, soldiers need everything from modifications to their residences and vehicles to customized prosthetics, motorized wheelchairs, special computers or voice-recognition software and more to regain their independence.
THE GOLF TOURNAMENT
To help fallen service men and women like Justin and families like the Crabbes, KWB Wealth Managers Group and Arrowhead Orthopaedics have decided to join the Semper Fi Fund in championing this worthy cause.
According to Bubb, the Semper Fi Fund Charitable Golf Tournament planned for May 4 at the Tukwet Canyon Golf Club in Beaumont “is in honor of all injured warriors returning from tours of duty after September 1, 2001, and all proceeds will go to the Semper Fi Fund.”
KWB Wealth Managers Group, Arrowhead Orthopaedics and their supporters and associates will cover all costs associated with the tournament and the awards lunch immediately following play. This means that 100 percent of the event proceeds along with all donations will go directly to the Semper Fi Fund.
Dr. James Matiko, president of Arrowhead Orthopaedics adds: “We can’t help Justin get his legs, fingers and thumbs back, but we can help him and the many other wounded soldiers and amputees regain their independence and improve their quality of life.”
To participate in this charitable tournament, or to donate to the Semper Fi Fund, please visit www.kwbwealthmanagers.com or www.arrowheadortho.com and click on the Golf Tournament links to access the registration and sponsorship forms, or contact Mike Razzouk by phone at 909-307-8220 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.