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:
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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!