‘Take their pain away’: Ganem helps lift spirits of Boston victims

May 1, 2013

By Kim Lamoreaux | Reedsburg Times-Press | wiscnews.com | May 1, 2013

Even after his foot was amputated from an injury in the Iraq War, Reedsburg veteran BJ Ganem never stopped answering the call of duty.

Last week, Ganem, along with six other wounded comrades from around the United States, answered a different kind of call.

This time it was to Boston to help victims of the bombing attack on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that claimed three lives and wounded nearly 300 people, many of them critically from limbs blown off in the bombing. Read the rest of this entry »

BPR: Talking to Primary Winners Gabriel Gomez And Rep. Ed Markey, Lessons Learned From Allston Fire

May 1, 2013

By BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO STAFF | wgbhnews.org | May 1, 2013

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Highlights:

– Michael Goldman, president of Goldman and Associates, and former Massachusetts GOP Chair Jennifer Nassour weighed in on Tuesday's primary results.

– Iraq War veteran Bobby Donnelly talked about comforting victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Donnelly lost a leg in a military parachuting accident. He now works for the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

War amputees to Boston’s injured: ‘Life’s not over’

April 28, 2013

By Oren Dorell | USA Today | usatoday.com | April 28, 2013

Veterans who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan traveled to Boston to provide information and moral support to those seriously injured in the bombings.

BOSTON – Cameron West used two hands to lift his right leg into the SUV that would take him from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to Boston's Logan Airport.

The move was the only visible sign, apart from West's prosthetic limb and a barely noticeable limp, that he doesn't have a right leg anymore. West, 27, stands, walks and works pretty much like a full-bodied person. And during his visit to Spaulding that's what he wanted to show amputees who were injured in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. Read the rest of this entry »

The BMC Brief: Amputee Marines Provide Comfort, Relief to Marathon Bombings Patients

April 27, 2013

Hope. Inspiration. Support. That's what Marines who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan provided to amputee victims of the Boston Marathon bombings when they visited BMC April 21. The Marines, members of Semper Fi Fund, a veteran non-profit organization that supports critically injured soldiers, met with five patients who lost limbs.

Semper Fi Fund thanks ED staff for their heroic efforts caring for patients.
“As soon as we heard about the bombings, the Marines were texting me that we had to come to Boston and visit with the amputee victims,” says Karen Guenther, President and Founder, Semper Fi Fund. “They knew they could help.” Read the rest of this entry »

Boston Globe: Marines’ Visit Brings Hope And Laughter

April 27, 2013

By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | bostonglobe.com | April 23, 2013

Looking up from her hospital bed through tears, she is at first morose and mournful, six days after losing both of her legs below the knee.

"I can't do anything right now," Celeste Corcoran says, voice sodden.

That is why the two Marines are here: Between them, they lost three legs and part of a hand in Afghanistan in separate bomb blasts in 2010, their agony then just as unimaginable, their futures just as uncertain.

But the Marines brim with vitality now -- smiling, laughing, living examples of overcoming pain and loss like this, standing before Corcoran atop artificial legs purposefully exposed beneath shorts. Read the rest of this entry »

Service Members Reunite with New Friends in Boston

April 26, 2013

A group of injured service members from Team Semper Fi returned to Boston this weekend to revisit with the patients injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. Service member Gabe Martinez reunited with his new friends, Celeste and Sydney, and their special friendship is just one of the many reasons the Semper Fi Fund was inspired to create the America's Fund Mentors program: A new program through which our veterans will mentor those who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and accompany them through their rehabilitation, providing hope and encouraging success along the way to recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

CNN: Marine amputee has walked in marathon victims’ shoes

April 26, 2013

Gabe Martinez is a member of Team Semper Fi, and he recently traveled with the Semper Fi Fund to visit the patients who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

By Gregory Wallace, Jake Tapper | CNN | thelead.blogs.cnn.com | April 26, 2013

When the ground exploded under Gabe Martinez’s feet in Afghanistan three years ago, the Marine corporal’s next step set him on a journey to help others who also lost limbs.

That’s how he ended up in the Boston-area hospital room of Celeste and Sydney Corcoran on Sunday, sharing his experience as a double amputee with a mother and daughter who were seriously injured in the marathon bombing last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Homestead Gardens – Severna Park, MD Fundraiser

April 26, 2013

Severna Park, Md – Homestead Gardens is once again sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. As in the past, raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or 5 for $20 for a chance to win gift cards from local restaurants close to both Homestead Gardens locations, as well as from Homestead Gardens itself.

The fundraiser will be on May 4th and 5th in Davidsonville, Md. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on May 11th and 12th at their Severna Park, Md. location from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All those who contribute to the fundraiser will receive a 25% discount coupon from Homestead Gardens, good for one regularly priced item (with some exceptions).

Don't miss this great opportunity to support the Fund and win a chance to go on a shopping spree at Homestead Gardens or for a nice dinner out at one of the great local restaurants.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Gladys Rodriguez at 443-607-1946

Homestead Gardens – Davisonville, MD Fundraiser

April 26, 2013

Davidsonville, Md – Homestead Gardens is once again sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. As in the past, raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or 5 for $20 for a chance to win gift cards from local restaurants close to both Homestead Gardens locations, as well as from Homestead Gardens itself.

The fundraiser will be on May 4th and 5th in Davidsonville, Md. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on May 11th and 12th at their Severna Park, Md. location from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All those who contribute to the fundraiser will receive a 25% discount coupon from Homestead Gardens, good for one regularly priced item (with some exceptions).

Don't miss this great opportunity to support the Fund and win a chance to go on a shopping spree at Homestead Gardens or for a nice dinner out at one of the great local restaurants.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Gladys Rodriguez at 443-607-1946

May Program to Benefit “Be There For Boston”

April 25, 2013

For the entire month of May, these two great promotional product companies pledge to donate $10 of every order to the America's Fund "Be There for Boston" program. The Semper Fi Fund has set up the Boston Marathon Relief Fund through our America's Fund program, and will be raising funds that will directly assist victims of the Boston bombings.

Visit www.ipromo.com and www.memorysuppliers.com today, make a purchase, and help Memory Suppliers and iPromo reach their $10,000 goal to benefit the America's Fund Boston Marathon Relief Fund. For further information, please contact Laura at Memory Suppliers by email.

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CNN: Tragedy in Boston – How to help

April 23, 2013

By Rebecca Angel Baer and Katie Walmsley | CNN | cnn.com | April 23, 2013

CNN – Patriots Day is the third Monday in April marking the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is also the date for the Boston Marathon every year. It is meant to be a joyful celebration for the city, but yesterday that all changed.

Tragedy struck and lives were changed forever after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon. Instead of celebrating the city, a nation now mourns the loss of three and the injuries of more than 100. But true to the American spirit, there are people and organizations on the ground helping the victims, and you can join their efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

Veteran amputees visit bombing victims at Boston hospitals

April 23, 2013

By Healio | healio.com | April 23, 2013

A group of amputee veterans visited the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed three and injured more than 175 people, according to the Boston Medical Center Facebook page.

“We are happy to report that all of our amputation patients are nearly completed,” Jeffrey Kalish, MD, director of endovascular surgery at Boston Medical Center, stated during a press conference on April 22. “These patients are starting the process of both physical and mental rehabilitation, which is really going to be the next step in their care.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bloomberg: Amputee Veterans Bring Message of Hope to Boston Victims

April 23, 2013

By Drew Armstrong | Bloomberg | bloomberg.com | April 23, 2013

B.J. Ganem lost a leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq while serving in the Marines. Bobby Donnelly lost his after a high-altitude parachute jump.

When the explosions went off in Boston last week, ripping through the crowd and injuring more than 260 people, the two ex- soldiers and three other veterans quickly flew to Boston to meet with the victims who lost limbs. Their goal: To bring a message of hope to the survivors, showing them how active they could be despite their injuries, Ganem said in an interview. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Gabriel Martinez, USMC (Ret.)

April 23, 2013

Corporal Gabriel Martinez and his wife, Kayla, were married only three months before Gabe was deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) in October 2010. Just one month later, on Thanksgiving Day, Gabe called Kayla with the devastating news that he had been injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast and medevaced out with one of his best friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Bloomberg: Boston Bombing Victims Start Rehab, Meet Amputee Veterans

April 22, 2013

By Shannon Pettypiece & Drew Armstrong | Bloomberg | bloomberg.com | April 22, 2013

Patients who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombings started using walkers to move around Boston Medical Center, met with amputee veterans and began to prepare for prosthetic legs. Read the rest of this entry »