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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Carolina News 14: Brothers walking cross-country for charities

May 14, 2012

By Amy Elliott | Carolina News 14 | News14.com | May 14, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. -- Two brothers are walking and longboarding coast to coast to raise money for three worthy charities.

Tanner and Caleb Childs started their 3,000 mile journey to San Francisco in Wrightsville Beach Monday morning.

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Start-Up Re-Up Energy Drink Makes First Donation To Marines’ Semper Fi Fund

May 9, 2012

Bev Net News | Bevnet.com | May 9, 2012

Novato, CA (May 8, 2012) — Re-Up, a low-caffeine, high-vitamin energy drink by the Patriot Beverage Co. in Novato, CA made its first donation from quarterly sales to the Marine Corp’s Semper Fi Fund. Re-Up CEO Michael Spearman gave Semper Fi $2,000 on Monday, May 7th and promised “a lot more where that came from. Hopefully.” Read the rest of this entry »

Cape May County Herald: Triathlon in Sea Isle City Will Benefit Injured Veterans

May 9, 2012

By Cape May County Herald | Capemaycountyherald.com | May 9, 2012

Tri for Our Vets Team Semper Fi Member Marine Aaron McHihelk

Team Semper Fi Member Aaron McHihelk at Tri For Our Vets 2011

SEA ISLE CITY – During Memorial Day Weekend, hundreds of athletes will gather in Sea Isle City to compete in the 5th Annual Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon and Duathlon Sat., May 26, starting at 7:00 a.m. The popular sprint-distance race will attract participants from across the nation, including active-duty military personnel, cadets and midshipmen from West Point and Annapolis Military Academies, members of running clubs, university students and many other athletes who will help raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and Sea Isle City’s VFW Post 1963.

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USA Today: Disabled vets get hot wheels despite their wheelchairs

May 9, 2012

By Chris Woodyard | USA Today | USAToday.com| May 9, 2012

Left a paraplegic by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan two years ago, retired Marine Jack Pierce vows not to let his disability leave him in life's slow lane.

Pierce applies that attitude to pretty much everything, including. right now, his summer vacation.

Pierce plans to drive his wife and two-year-old son a tour of national parks and monuments in their 2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup, towing a fifth-wheel RV trailer specially outfitted for his needs. And tethered to the trailer will be a three-wheel motorcycle that lets him drive in his wheelchair. Read the rest of this entry »

KXAN Austin: Man on 100-day trek on special bicycle

May 4, 2012

KXAN Austin | Kxan.com | May 4, 2012

AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's not a bicycle. It's not a Segway. But it looks like a cross between both.

Rick Hermelin, 71, is the man on the ElliptiGo. He's taking it on a 100-day trek to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

KPBS San Diego: Marine Veteran Finds Success With Energy Drink Invention

May 1, 2012

By Beth Ford Roth | KPBS | KPBS.org | May 1, 2012

A California Marine veteran is preparing for a new kind of battle - the cola wars. He's invented the energy beverage "Re-Up," but competing against the big guys won't be easy. Michael Spearman lives in Northern California, where he invented - and now markets - an energy drink called Re-Up. Its target market is the military. Read the rest of this entry »

Times Herald: Former Marine prepared for long battle against beverage giants with Re-Up

April 29, 2012

By Rich Freedman | Times Herald | TimesHeraldOnlinecom | April 29, 2012

Michael Spearman is looking for the few, the proud, the thirsty. Actually, he already has more than a few. A few million, however, would be good.

When first interviewed by the Times-Herald in April, 2009, the former U.S. Marine started Re-Up, an "energy supplement" beverage strictly targeting the military. Read the rest of this entry »

DVIDS: Program helps Marines with invisible wounds

April 26, 2012

By Aquita Brown | USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment | DVIDS | April 26, 2012

FORT CARSON, Colo. — “There is nothing wrong with having post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. You are not letting anyone down when you seek help for the symptoms that you are encountering and you are not alone in the fight.”

Two members of the Wounded Warrior Regiments Medical Cell are the voices behind this powerful statement. Sharon Cross and Karola Thurman have made it a top priority to continue educating Marines and their leadership about the causes and effects of invisible wounds.

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Military Press: Semper Fi Fund Receives $30,000 Grant from Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo presents Semper Fi Fund with grant
April 23, 2012

By Military Press | Militarypress.com | April 23, 2012

The Semper Fi Fund has been named the recipient of a $30,000 grant from Wells Fargo as part of the bank’s 160th Anniversary. Read the rest of this entry »

KLTV: Former Marine, 71, EliptiGo’s across the country for a cause

April 19, 2012
Rick Hermelin KLTV

By KLTV website | KLTV.com | April 19, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For his three-month trip, Rick Hermelin packed light: two changes of clothes, a laptop computer, a sleeping bag and two GPS devices.

"The small one keeps track of where I've been," Hermelin said. "And, the big one tells me where I'm going."

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NBC33 LA: Coast to Coast for a Cause

April 18, 2012

By Matt Boudreaux | Louisiana NBC 33| NBC33TV.com | April 18, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — There’s something about the number 100 that has Rick Hermelin on the move. The 71-year old former marine has run 100 marathons, 100 half-marathons and 100-10K races. His next challenge travel coast to coast on an ElliptiGO, a low-impact fitness bike designed to emulate the running motion, will happen in 100 days. He’s not just doing for his health. His ultimate goal is to raise $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Click on the video for the complete story. Read the rest of this entry »

Press Enterprise: Golf tournament to benefit Semper Fi Fund

April 18, 2012

By The Press Enterprise - Riverside | PE.com | April 18, 2012

KWB Wealth Managers Group and Arrowhead Orthopaedics are teaming up to sponsor a golf tournament May 4 to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

The event has been inspired by U.S. Marine Cpl. Justin Crabbe, a native of the Inland Empire who is undergoing medical treatment and rehabilitation at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for injuries sustained Aug. 26 in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »