The Ride for Semper Fi: Honoring heroes lost; Supporting our injured and those continuing to bravely serve in our military

August 6, 2011

Ride for Semper Fi

They train on the desert roads of Arizona as they prepare each year to make the 430 mile journey to San Diego.  Over the last three years the Ride for Semper Fi team has contributed more than $500,000 dollars to assist the Semper Fi Fund in its mission to improve the lives of those who have sacrificed and suffered injuries while serving our great country.  We recently interviewed John Greenway, the Ride for Semper Fi Chairman, to find out what makes this team so special:

1.  Tell us how the Ride for Semper Fi began.  The Ride for Semper Fi began in 2007 when I was asked to attend the boot camp graduation for my nephew LcCpl Jeff Turnage at MCRD in San Diego California.  I almost didn't go.  I thought I was too busy.   Had I not been convinced to attend I would have missed what has been one of the greatest opportunities of my life time.  I realize now that many times we can let the background noise of life interfere with the call of adventure and inspiration.

2.   You have said that you want to provide hope for our injured heroes.   Tell us how the Ride for Semper Fi accomplishes this mission.

Each year we ride in honor of heroes who have been lost in battle.  By paying tribute to those who are no longer with us we keep their memories alive and honor them by assisting those who were injured and still in need.

We also take team Semper Fi injured athletes with us on the journey.  This accomplishes two things.  First, it gives these injured heroes a chance to see that Americans truly care about them and are behind them.    Plus, the other riders get an up-close experience with those who have sacrificed.  They see touch and  feel how their efforts are helping others. 

For those who are injured we have found that the athletic challenge of riding 430 miles to San Diego shows them that their life has not ended with the injury.   They face difficulties on our trip and it is extremely difficult physically.  Just as in life, what they find at the end is that they climb the mountains...they go through the valleys and, with the help of those who care for them, they cross the finish line successfully.  The experience of finishing creates hope....hope breeds determination....determination leads to accomplishment...accomplishment leads to healing - that is our mission!

Our deepest gratitude to John, for sharing his experience and words of wisdom!  Want to learn more about The Ride for Semper Fi?  Here's how:

1.  Subscribe to our blog and be notified when we post part II of our interview with The Ride for Semper Fi chairman, John Greenway. 

2.  Learn more about The Ride for Semper Fi on their website and Facebook pages.

3.  Read inspirational stories about Ride for Semper Fi team members as they continue to train for the 430 mile ride coming up October 12th, 2011! 

MCCC of Oregon & Washington Semper Fi Golf Classic 2011

August 1, 2011
MCCC of Oregon and Washington Golf Package

Download The Semper Fi Golf Tournament Registration & Sponsorship Package!

The Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Oregon and Washington is pleased to announce its Annual Charity Golf Tournament, The Semper Fi Golf Classic. This tournament will be held at The Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon on Friday, September 30th, 2011.

The tournament is open to all, especially Marines, Corpsmen, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, National Guard, Coast Guard and any other Friends of Marines, but is limited to the first 144 players to register. Proceeds from this event will go to Marine Corps-related charities, to include a major portion to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

The format will be the same as in the previous 13 years – a four-person scramble with team handicaps, and
we will play rain or shine. The fee of $150.00 for a single golfer includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, practice
facilities, a welcome package, a buffet dinner, and prizes. There will also be a great raffle, auction, putting
contest, and a special prize for a hole in one. So, come and enjoy an excellent afternoon of golf followed by
camaraderie with Marines our Corpsmen, and Friends of Marines ~ and help improve the quality of life of
our wounded Marines and Corpsmen.

For more information, contact Dan Horton at 503-888-0070 or

Thrive Physical Medicine fundraiser

August 1, 2011

Thrive Physical Medicine will host the Semper Fi Fund at their beautiful Oceanside location on Wednesday, August 17th from 7pm-9pm.

This is a free community event to help raise money and awareness for Semper Fi Fund. The Thrive Physical Medicine Fundraiser event will include the following: special guest speaker, complimentary beverages, appetizers, massages, and more…

Additionally, they will have a donation box, raffle, and a check presentation for Semper Fi Fund.

The Thrive Physical Medicine team is made up a dedicated team of physicians providing treatments and services such as: comprehensive pain management, chiropractic care, sports medicine, physical therapy, medical weight loss and massage therapy to military personnel and their families.

We hope to see you at the event! For more information contact Sylvia Hernandez at 760.757.0222 or e-mail

Thrive Physical Medicine thanks all of our military personnel and their families for their service to our country.

Wounded Warriors participate in inaugural Cutting Horse Classic!

July 31, 2011

Nokesville, VA -- As a part of Semper Fi Fund's new Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for Wounded Warriors, ten select wounded Marines from the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment will be participating in the inaugural Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville, Virginia this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Horses and cattle and Marines, oh my!

July 29, 2011
Inside Nova Horse cutting classic photo 7.29.11

Photo by Jeff Mankie/News & Messenger. Veteran Sgt. Lee Randles, team coordinator with the Semper Fi Fund, practices his horse cutting in the ring to at at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville. Horse cutting is the sport of corralling cattle to separate one from the herd.

By Julia LeDoux | Inside Nova | | July 28, 2011

MONTCLAIR, Va. — Cutting horses and working cattle, just what the doctor ordered for 10 wounded Marines from the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment at Quantico Marine Corps base.

The Marines spent this week participating in the Semper Fi Fund's new Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for Wounded Warriors inaugural Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville.

"These guys are good," said D & M Cattle Company owner Don York. "These men and women Marines, they're good. They're very impressive. They weren't afraid of getting dirty, they weren't afraid of getting beat up."

The Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program for Wounded Warriors is a new facet of the Semper Fi Fund's Team Semper Fi and will provide horsemanship clinics across the nation to wounded service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Military children learn to lead at Outdoor Odyssey

July 28, 2011

By Amy Binkley | Camp Lejeune Globe || July 28, 2011


Hiding in the shadows of those who have gone before them, lies a generation of leaders waiting patiently for their turn to change the world.

Military children are a special breed, carrying the weight and responsibilities of a unique lifestyle, for which they didn't sign up, with grace and maturity beyond their years.

Children of injured service members, however, have another load added to their pack and little knowledge of how to deal with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Kunkletown man runs for his health and Semper Fi

July 27, 2011
Angelo Stambolis photo from Times News 2011

Angelo Stambolis of Kunkletown, finishes up a training run for his next 5K race to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Photo by Linda Koehler Times News

By Linda Koehler | Times News | | July 27, 2011

Angelo Stambolis admits he wasn't getting the exercise he should have.

Then one day, the national construction firm where he works as an electrical estimator presented health insurance incentives to its employees.

"That's when I decided to go from a couch potato to a 5K runner," says the 45-year-old Kunkletown man.

In order to motivate and commit himself to the health pledge he made, he added another commitment to the Semper Fi Fund as a Community Athlete. Read the rest of this entry »

Ongoing Giving Opportunities: Murrell’s Mex-Italia Gourmet Salsa

July 26, 2011
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Drew Carey tasting Murrell's Mex-Italia Gourmet Salsa at the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon 2011!

Tim Murrell of Murrell's Mex-Italia Gourmet Salsa travels the country selling his salsa at craft shows, home shows, festivals and specialty events like the Marine Corps Marathon. Tim's salsa is a mix of Mexican and Italian flavors packaged in pint and quart jars.

Tim is spreading the mission of the Semper Fi Fund while marketing his "love in a jar" salsa. Stop by his booth to donate to the SFF!

You can reach Tim by phone 724-552-9401, by email at or at this year's 2011 Marine Corps Marathon!

Specially adapted vehicle presented to injured Marine Corporal Todd Love

July 25, 2011
Todd Love van presentation July 2011

Cpl Love in his new van!

Beltsville, MD — As a triple amputee, Marine Corporal (Cpl) Todd Love was not sure he would be able to drive again but now he is one step closer to overcoming that obstacle. This past week Cpl Love and his family were presented with a specially adapted vehicle by the Semper Fi Fund with coordination by Help for Our Heroes (HOMH).

Cpl Love states, "I'm very happy with the van and even more happy with HOMH and Semper Fi Fund for making it happen for me and being such good friends during the process." Read the rest of this entry »

Heat, sweat and dedication

July 24, 2011
HOMETOWNANNAPOLIS photo of runner 7.24.11

Paul Straudigel cools off from the 100-plus degree heat with a spray of water from a volunteer during the Endless Summer Six-Hour Run in Quiet Waters Park, which was held despite the intense heat and humidity. Courtesy photo by Wendy Marxen.

By Elisah Sauers | USMC | | April 11, 2011
Six-hour run raises money for troops, families.

While most of Annapolis was still asleep at 7:30 a.m. yesterday, basking in air-conditioned bedrooms, about 60 brave - or possibly depraved - people slipped on sneakers and doused themselves in insect repellent for a run.

Not a little sunriser. An intense six-hour run looping on a 4.2-mile course. The event was perhaps appropriately named when the organizers called it "The Endless Summer Six-Hour Run."

And by the way, the extreme heat was pushing 100 degrees even early in the morning.

Crazy? They prefer the label "committed."

They're called the Annapolis Striders, and they turned out for the Quiet Waters Park race for a good cause. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical music programs reach out to recuperating vets

July 23, 2011

By Rick Rogers | North County Times | | July 15, 2011

"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul." ---- Author unknown

The music of ukuleles backed by guitars and suffused with horns will soon flow from a corner of Camp Pendleton that silence once commanded.

Might even hear a keyboard and a drum set, if a benefactor or two comes through.

A partnership between the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and Camp Pendleton's Rotary Club is putting the instruments into hands at the Wounded Warrior Battalion at the base.

Sponsored by the nonprofits Resounding Joy Inc. and the Semper Fi Fund, the music therapy program is a first for the battalion that opened in 2007. (Music lessons have been offered on base to the Wounded Warriors, but this focused music therapy program is new.) Read the rest of this entry »

Our Hero: Cpl Todd Love receives new specially adapted van!

July 22, 2011

Beltsville, MD — As a triple amputee, Marine Corporal (Cpl) Todd Love was not sure he would be able to drive again but now he is one step closer to overcoming that obstacle. This week Cpl Love and his family were presented with a specially adapted vehicle by the Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »

Kids return to Camp Lejeune after Semper Fi Fund camp

July 20, 2011

By Efram Ramirez | | July 20, 2011

Children of injured soldiers stationed at Camp Lejeune spent a week together in the mountains of Pennsylvania at an overnight camp run by the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to injured and ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Jacksonville Daily News reports.
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Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis Hejlik to golf in Semper Fi Fund benefit

July 20, 2011
General Hejlik photo by Stltoday

General Hejlik

By Deb Peterson | St Louis Today | | July 20, 2011

Lt. Gen. Dennis Hejlik, commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Force Command, has agreed to be on the links at the Seventh Annual Missouri Friends of Injured Marines Gen. James T. Conway Charity Golf Outing at the Country Club at the Legends on Aug. 28.

The Marine guest of honor at the outing will be Cpl. Todd Nicely, one of three surviving quadruple amputees of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Nicely lost his arms and legs when he stepped on an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids of Wounded Warriors return from camp

July 16, 2011

Staff writer | JDNews | | July 16, 2011

Children of injured Camp Lejeune Marines were set to be welcomed home late Saturday night with a party after spending a week at a special camp in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

More than 50 children who have been at the Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp were to return at 7 p.m., but traffic in Virginia pushed their return later in the night. Parents and family were waiting for them at Marston Pavilion. Read the rest of this entry »