Star Local News: Local residents hosting Wounded Warrior Half Marathon

June 4, 2012

By Chris Roark | Star Local News | Scntx.com | June 3, 2012

Tom Ryan and Dan Jones have combined two of their biggest passions -- running and charity -- and turn it into an annual event.

The Flower Mound residents are co-owners of Dallas Athletes Racing. Each year, the organizations hosts 15 racing events. Next up is the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon, which will take place June 10 at Williams Square in Las Colinas.

The event will feature a half marathon, as well as a 10K race and an escorted Military Mile Fun Run. All of the money raised will go toward The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Read the rest of this entry »

DVIDS: 1,650 miles to International Falls: 79-year-old retired Marine runs from New Orleans to Canadian border

Tom Knoll starts run for Semper Fi Fund DVIDS
June 1, 2012
Tom Knoll starts run for Semper Fi Fund DVIDS

Seventy-nine-year-old retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Tom Knoll. Photo by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah.

By Maj. Joe Plenzler | Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System | Dvidshub.net | June 1, 2012

NEW ORLEANS– Four thousand miles from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where he ran his first around-the-island marathon for charity, 79-year-old Tom Knoll stood astir shifting conversation left and right among a handful of supporters May 28 in the final seconds before he kicked off his latest endeavor.

The man who spent the past three decades running to raise donations for charities was at it again, this time embarking on a 1,650-mile trot from New Orleans to International Falls, Minn., on the edge of the Canadian border.

“This one here is just to show that senior citizens can do stuff too, and also to make some money for everyone” said the slender 5-foot-8 philanthropist. Read the rest of this entry »

Marine vet makes stop in El Paso during coast-to-coast ‘ElliptiGO’ trek

May 31, 2012
Semper Fi Fund's Rick Hermelin in El Paso Ft Bliss Monitor

Rick Hermelin outside the Central Fire Station in downtown El Paso May 21. Photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, 24th Press Camp Headquarters.

By Sgt. Sinthia Rosario at 24th Press Camp Headquarters | Fort Bliss Monitor | Fbmonitor.com | May 31, 2012

A 71-year-old Marine Corps veteran on a coast-to-coast trek to benefit injured Marines and promote physical fitness arrived at the El Paso Central Fire Station on the morning of May 21.

The trek wasn’t via traditional means like cycling or running, however, but instead with the ElliptiGO.

The ElliptiGO is the first outdoor, low-impact, fitness device designed to emulate the running motion. It allows athletes of all levels to get a high-intensity workout without experiencing the repetitive impact of running. Read the rest of this entry »

North County Times: Semper Fi Fund finds friend in local businessman

May 30, 2012

By Lola Sherman | North County Times | NCTimes.com | May 30, 2012

When the inaugural Semper Fi Open golf tournament begins with fanfare Monday at the Shadowridge Country Club in Vista, it will have been put together by a man who feels a great need to give back for all he has been offered in his adopted land.

"I wanted to do something for this wonderful country," organizer Chris Keogh said. "I've had opportunities I would not have had anywhere else. I just wanted to give something back." Read the rest of this entry »

Silver City Sun-News: Marine Vet riding coast-to-coast raising money for injured Marine veterans makes stop in Silver City

May 28, 2012
Rick Hermelin's 100 Day for the Corps SIlver City  Sun News

Hermelin on his ElliptiGO in front of the Tyrone Fire Station. (Photo by Alison Trombley for the Sun-News)

By Christine Steele | Sun-News | Scsun-news.com | May 28, 2012

Marine Vet riding coast-to-coast raising money for injured Marine veterans makes stop in Silver City
Goal of $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

SILVER CITY A 71-year-old Marine veteran riding coast-to-coast on an elliptical bike made a stop in Silver City this weekend and was hosted by the Silver City Fire Department and the Tyrone Fire Department before heading off the final leg of his journey.

Rick Hermelin is riding across the U.S. on my ElliptiGO, trying to raise at least $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Read the rest of this entry »

Joplin Globe: Pittsburg woman, a brain tumor survivor and marathoner, raising funds to help wounded veterans

May 27, 2012

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni | Joplin Globe News| JoplinGlobe.com | May 27, 2012

Semper Fi Fund Team runner Kimberly Harries

Kimberly Harries - Photo by Globe | T. Rob Brown

PITTSBURG, Kan. — She thought, at first, that the headaches — bad headaches that wouldn’t go away — were just from stress, or maybe allergies.

She was a mother of two young boys, her husband had just finished his doctoral dissertation, and they were planning to move from their home in St. Louis to Oklahoma for his new university job.

When the pain became unbearable one May evening in 2005, she went to the emergency room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis to get medication.

It was then that 33-year-old Kimberly Harries learned she had a brain tumor. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Reputable Veterans Charities to Donate to this Memorial Day

May 24, 2012

By Shaun Kahmann | Carlsbad Patch News | Carlsbad.Patch.com | May 24, 2012

With Memorial Day on the horizon, many kind folks will be opening their wallets to charities that claim to help ailing veterans and their families. Unfortunately, more than a few will get taken for a ride by organizations with less than scrupulous business practices. A 2-year CNN investigation revealed a disabled veterans charity may only be giving 2 percent of the millions of dollars it's received in donations to veterans. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Receives Third Consecutive 4 Star Rating From Charity Navigator

Semper Fi Fund receives 4 Star Charity Rating
May 23, 2012

Camp Pendleton, CA – The Semper Fi Fund has been recognized by Charity Navigator for the third consecutive year with the highest possible rating, four stars. Read the rest of this entry »

SunSentinel: Divots for heroes ‘Lamborghini Polo Classic’

May 23, 2012
SunSentinel divot for Semper Fi Fund

Sun Sentinel | Sun-Sentinel.com| May 23, 2012

Lamborghini Palm Beach participated as the presenting sponsor of "The Lamborghini Palm Beach Polo Classic" on May 12 at Polo West raising more than $12,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund. "The Lamborghini Polo Classic" team played in the featured match at the "Polo & Balloon Festival" on May 11-13. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Warrior Team to Climb Denali, the Highest Mountain in North America

May 22, 2012

ROCKVILLE, Md. — May 22, 2012 — Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), one of the nation’s largest sport organizations for people with disabilities, announced its Team Warfighter Sports’ climb of Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska, the highest mountain in North America and one of the coldest in the world. Guided by Mountain Trip, the climb is set to begin on June 10, shortly after Memorial Day, to honor the sacrifices of America’s heroes, and end around Independence Day, a day that celebrates the freedoms won by military service members. Read the rest of this entry »

DVID: Coast to Coast ElliptiGo Run

May 22, 2012

Sgt. Sinthia Rosario | Defense Video & Imagery Distribution | Dvidshub.net | May 22, 2012

EL PASO, Texas — A 71-year-old former Marine on a coast to coast ElliptiGo Run to raise money for Injured Marines and promote physical fitness arrives at the Central Fire Station at downtown El Paso, Texas, Monday morning, May 21.

The ElliptiGo is the first outdoor, low-impact, fitness device designed to emulate the running motion. It allows athletes of all levels to get a high-intensity workout without experiencing the repetitive impact of running.

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KDBC El Paso: 71-Year-Old Former Marine Ellipti Goes Across Country

May 21, 2012
Semper Fi Fund supporter Rick Hermelin video  El Paso KDBC

By Lindsey Ashcraft - Producer | KDBC TV | Kdbc.com | May 21, 2012

EL PASO — A 71-year-old man... off his rocker... and on an Elliptigo... an outdoor fitness device similar to the indoor elliptical trainer.

"This is still running. This is running with no impact," said Rick Hermelin. Read the rest of this entry »

WWAY 3: Third-grader’s walk-a-thon raised $600 for injured Marines

May 18, 2012
WWAY 3 TV: Jake Sullivan organized a walk-a-thon for the Semper Fi Fund

WWAY 3 TV: Jake Sullivan organized a walk-a-thon for the Semper Fi Fund

By Asha Dave | WWAY 3 TV Wilmington, NC | WWAYtv3.com | May 18, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A third grader and his friends gave more than $600 to help wounded veterans today.

Jake Sullivan organized a walk-a-thon for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps injured and ill Marines. The nine-year-old and three of his friends walked a track around the playground to raise the money.
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Press Enterprise: Golf tournament raises $30,000 for wounded troops

May 17, 2012

A charity golf tournament this month raised more than $30,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Pueblo Chieftain: Ex-Marine rides for comrades; Cross-country journey helps raise funds for families of wounded

May 15, 2012

By Loretta Sword | The Pueblo Chieftain | Chieftain.com | May 15, 2012

Battered by a bad fall in the mountains and bruised by corporate downsizing, former Marine Tim Tuomey got an idea during the short time he allowed himself some self-pity: He’d bike 3,355 miles across the U.S. to raise $50,000 for wounded Marines and sailors.

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