Rare Marine Wins Rare Life Award – Marine Hero Runs 3,530 miles Cross Country; Raises more than $50,000 for Wounded Comrades

Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Padilla won the 2011 Rare Life Award presented by Eagle Rare Bourbon. Padilla raised more than $50,000 to help wounded Marines.
February 15, 2011

Frankfort, Frankin County, KY - Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has named Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Padilla of San Marcos, Calif. as the winner of the 2011 Rare Life Award. Read the rest of this entry »

San Diego injured Marine to represent the Semper Fi Fund in TriWest’s “Shot at Glory” during Waste Management’s Phoenix Open

Semper Fi Fund - MSgt Davey Lind, USMC (Ret)
February 1, 2011
Semper Fi Fund - MSgt Davey Lind, USMC (Ret)

San Diego, CA to Scottsdale, AZ – Double leg amputee, Master Sergeant (MSgt) Davey Lind, (USMC Ret.), will compete in the Phoenix Thunderbirds’ staging of Waste Management’s Phoenix Open and TriWest Healthcare Alliance’s Fourth Annual “Shot at Glory,” on the famous 16th hole at the The Player’s Championship (TPC) Scottsdale, Wednesday, February 2, 2011."

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MSgt Davey Lind, USMC (Ret) to represent Semper Fi Fund in TriWest’s “Shot at Glory” during Waste Management’s Phoenix Open

Semper Fi Fund - MSgt Davey Lind, USMC (Ret)
January 30, 2011

San Diego, CA to Scottsdale, AZ – Double leg amputee, MSgt Davey Lind, USMC (Ret), will compete in the Phoenix Thunderbirds' staging of Waste Management’s Phoenix Open and TriWest Healthcare Alliance’s Fourth Annual “Shot at Glory,” Read the rest of this entry »

Mosi Smith: Marine, Runner and Triathlete

Semper Fi Fund Coverage - Annapolis Patch
January 1, 2011
Semper Fi Fund Coverage - Annapolis Patch

The toughest part of the ultrarunning is the night run. Credit Mosi Smith

By: Ann Brennan | Greater Annapolis Patch | January 1, 2011

Annapolis, MD - "Mosi Smith uses his running to become part of a bigger community and to give back to his Marine family as well. "

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Fallen Marine’s family plans to help others

Cpl. Kenny Corzine USMC
December 30, 2010
Cpl. Kenny Corzine USMC

Cpl. Kenny Corzine passed away on Christmas Eve, 2010 while recovering at from injuries sustained in Afghanistan. His brother, Cpl. Nicholas Corzine is raising money for the Semper Fi Fund.

By Courtney Grousman | KSDK CH5 | www.ksdk.com | December 30, 2010

Bethalto, IL (KSDK) - "A devastating Christmas for a Bethalto family. The family of Lance Corporal Kenny Corzine is dealing with his death, after his passing on Christmas Eve. The Marine was serving in Afghanistan when he was hit by an explosive device. "

NewsChannel 5 first told you the story of Lance Corporal Kenny Corzine earlier in December. His family had high hopes during his recovery, and despite losing both legs, the Marine was in good spirits--even talking--before taking a turn for the worst.

Black ribbons mark a southern Illinois home to match the grief the family inside is feeling. The Corzine's family is now discussing about how his legacy will live on.

"I hung out with my brother in Japan. Not a lot of people can say that, but we were really close," said Lance Corporal Nicholas Corzine, Kenny's younger brother. Read the rest of this entry »

Stephen Cochran, injured Marine and country music singer, gives back to Semper Fi Fund!

Semper Fi Fund Supporter - Stephen Cochran
December 1, 2010

Nashville, TN - Last year Stephen Cochran and his Kentucky buddy Mark Melloan wrote a song “Alone On Christmas” dedicated to our military personnel and their families who wait for them on the homefront. This year the song has been released on iTunes for $.99 and all proceeds for the song will go to the Semper Fi Fund! Read the rest of this entry »

New Home To Be Built for War Hero

Semper Fi Fund Coverage - FOX 4 - Cpl Briseno
November 22, 2010
Semper Fi Fund Coverage - FOX 4 - Cpl Briseno

By Lari Barager, adapted for Web by Tracy DeLatte | FOX 4 News | myFOXdfw.com | November 22, 2010 @ 4:37pm CST

Fort Worth, TX - "On this holiday week, a local war veteran has much to be thankful for. Cpl. Zach Briseno is a Marine. He lost both his legs below the knee during his second tour in Iraq."

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Cpl. Todd A. Nicely highlighted in Washington Post: On Veterans Day, honoring Marine who lost limbs in Afghanistan, but not spirit

November 11, 2010

By Michael E. Ruane - Washington Post Staff Writer - November 11, 2010 @ 9:28 AM

Washington, DC - "The morning that Marine Cpl. Todd A. Nicely received his medal for valor, he and his wife, Crystal, paused in a restroom at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to pull the trousers of his uniform over his artificial legs.
Crystal maneuvered his pants past the carbon fiber feet. Then they fitted the prostheses onto the stumps of Todd's legs.
He put on his tan utility shirt, which she buttoned, attached his artificial left arm and slipped his metal pole crutch onto the stump of his right arm. When he donned his camouflage Marine Corps hat "low on the brow," he was ready."

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A note from our founder: Thanks for making the 2010 Marine Corps Marathon a special event for the Semper Fi Fund!

November 6, 2010

Camp Pendleton, CA

Dear SFF Team,

WOW, another EXTRAORDINARY Marine Corps Marathon for the Semper Fi Fund!!! We had over 800 athletes run for the Fund! Red shirts were everywhere!! Our Community Runners and Sponsors helped to contribute more than $425,000 to our 2010 MCM!! The United States Olympic Committee also presented Team Semper Fi with a check of $228,000 on Friday evening. Grand total for the weekend- a record $653,000!!!! Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded warrior gets back on road with bike – Injured in bombing in Iraq, Akron Marine Oy Rassavong enjoys being able to exercise.

Semper Fi Fund Coverage - Hero Stories
November 2, 2010

By Jim Carney, The Akron Beacon Journal - November 2, 2010

Semper Fi Fund Coverage - Hero Stories

Oy Rassavong rides his new adaptive bike on the trail at the Wilbeth Road Towpath. Riding is part of Rassavong's recovery from a traumatic brain injury and other wounds he suffered in Iraq over five years ago. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

Akron, OH - "Oy Rassavong was ready for a workout.

Wearing a Wounded Warrior and Soldier Ride T-shirt and other gear on a frigid day in late October, Rassavong was excited to take his new recumbent three-wheeler out for a spin.
A $3,500 donation from Team Semper Fi, a part of the nonprofit Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, paid for the trike made by Inspired Cycle Engineering of England. It was modified specifically for Rassavong by Creative Mobility."

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Marine ‘Gumps’ Running Coast-To-Coast, Runners Arrived In Las Vegas On Monday

November 1, 2010

By FOX-5 Vegas, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, NV - November 1, 2010, 11:12PST

Las Vegas, NV - "Nearing the end of their journey, six Marines are passing through Las Vegas on their way to complete the Gumpathon, a two month long coast-to-coast run.

"It's my way to give something back to them," runner Charles Padilla said."

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Team Semper Fi’s uphill climb

October 31, 2010

By Rick Snyder, The Washington Examiner - October 31, 2010

Washington, DC - "Marine Sgt. Michael Blair remembers the Humvee's door blowing off its hinges during a 2006 patrol in Iraq. The metal floor plates rising into his legs. Doctors said he'd never run again.

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Cyclists conquer more than desert

October 30, 2010

By Lance Cpl. Lisa M. Tourtelot, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar- October 25, 2010

Miramar, CA - "Your whole life can change in a moment.
April 11, 2005: a young Marine driving a truck in Iraq hit an improvised explosive device and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that left him unable to walk, talk or use most of the right side of his body.

Oct. 16, 2010: that same Marine, Angel Gomez, pedaled to the finish line in San Diego with 51 other cyclists after traversing more than 430 miles from Phoenix."

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Coast-to-coast ‘Gumpathon’ challenge hitting the home straight

October 30, 2010

By The Scunthorpe Telegraph, Scunthorpe, UK - October 30, 2010, 09:00

Scunthorpe, UK - "A ROYAL marine is spending two months completing a jaw-dropping 34 marathons across America to raise thousands for three military charities."

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SC Marine wounded in Iraq still fighting – this time for benefits

October 17, 2010

By Andrew Dys, The Herald - October 17, 2010, 8:46PM

Rock Hill, SC - "Look at Brian Dunn, and you see the "USMC" tattoo across his arm, the Marine haircut and his flashing eyes when the talk is about bombers that he spent so long fighting and yes - killing - in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
Bombers that almost killed him, too."

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