Marine Corps Marathon draws thousands to nation’s capital

October 30, 2011

By Julia LeDoux | Inside NOVA | | October 30, 2011

WASHINGTON --The People’s Marathon brought thousands of runners and spectators to Arlington, Rossyln, and Washington, D.C. Sunday as the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon saw its fastest finish in nearly 15 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines hike trail for their comrades

October 29, 2011
Fortunate Sons Hike photo

From left, Staff Sgt. Adam Williams, Sgt. Austin Duke and trail guide Scott Ward hike in Durham County. Photo by Martha Quillin

By Martha Quillin | News Observer | | October 29, 2011

DURHAM -- With every step along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the pain in Staff Sgt. Adam Williams' ankle and the ache in Sgt. Austin Duke's knee remind the two Marines how lucky they are.

They still have knees and ankles, unlike many of those they've served with who have been injured by homemade explosives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"There are Marines and other service members who wish they had pains in their knees," said Williams, one of 18 Camp Lejeune-based Marines who are relay-hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to raise awareness and financial support Read the rest of this entry »

Wayland resident running Marine Corps Marathon for grandfather

October 27, 2011

GateHouse News Service | | October 27, 2011

WAYLAND — Runner Colin “CJ” Norgaard of Wayland remembers as a boy rummaging through his grandfather’s things. He remembers seeing medals, patches, an American flag and old photos of his grandfather in uniform. He also remembers stories of the “Old Glory Days” and statements of “For God and Country.” Read the rest of this entry »

Utah veteran’s company delivers java jolt to troops

October 26, 2011
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Lock-N-Load Java founders Carl and Lori Churchill pose for a portrait with some of their coffee Wednesday October 5, 2011. Photo by Chris Detrick The Salt Lake Tribune

By Cathy McKitrick | Salt Lake Tribune | | October 26, 2011

“Coffee that will blow you away.”

That claim accompanies a skull and thunderbolt logo on Lock-n-Load Java’s Web page, touting the online business’s two passions: top-notch coffee and providing it and donations to the nation’s military men and women who put their lives on the line.

“We started working on this company just over a year ago and formally launched the website in April,” said Carl Churchill, a lieutenant colonel who served nine years on active duty and 12 years in the Army Read the rest of this entry »

Marines make trek to raise money

October 24, 2011

By Tyler Hemstreet | Northwest Military News | | October 22, 2011

One group of active-duty Marines is hitting the trails to raise money for injured Servicemembers.

Northwest Military News Hike for Marines photo

Fortunate Sons, a group of 18 Marines, are in the midst of collectively hiking the entire 1,000-mile North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail with the goal of raising money and awareness. The 42-day journey began Oct. 2 at Clingman's Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains and ends at Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks on Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 13. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines hiking for cause

October 24, 2011

By Morgan Wall | Mount Airy News | | October 23, 2011

DOBSON — Not rain, nor cold, nor wind, nor injuries will keep the Fortunate Sons from attaining their goal.

A group of 18 Marines are three weeks into a 42-week hike that will take them from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks along the Mountains to Sea Trail to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines Participate in The Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic

October 21, 2011

By Beth Parker | Fox News DC | | October 21, 2011

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. - Marines we talked to following the President’s announcement say they are pleased to see that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq soon.

But this week, these wounded warriors are a world away.

They have been down on the farm in Prince William County.

Ten marines from all over the U.S. are learning something called horse cutting.

The week is paid for mostly by the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

MILITARY: Pendleton amputees to compete in Marine Corps Marathon

October 21, 2011

By Mark Walker | North County Times | | October 21, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA - A half-dozen amputees from a Camp Pendleton unit that suffered more casualties than any other in the war in Afghanistan will be in the nation's capital next week to compete as hand cyclists in the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

Central Arizona Young Marines donate to Ride for Semper Fi

October 21, 2011
Daily Courier photo check presentation to RFSF

Arizona Young Marines Adjutant Vicki Bostwick presented Dr. Chris Hummel with a check for $1,100 on Monday for the Semper Fi Fund. Photo by Lisa Irish/The Daily Courier Central

| The Daily Courier | | October 21, 2011

"Thank you so much for your donation," said Dr. Chris Hummel, who cycled from Scottsdale to San Diego earlier this month in the Ride for Semper Fi.

Hummel said wounded veterans joined the cyclists and inspired them on the difficult ride that he's looking forward to doing again next year.

Hummel gave the Young Marines wristbands to remind them of veterans' sacrifices and said their donation helped him raise $5,300 for the fund that has given away more than $50 million to wounded service members and their families since 2004.

Hummel also reminded the Young Marines to use the notebooks they carry with them to jot down their Read the rest of this entry »

Marathon mom ready to run

October 20, 2011
Leann Cavicchi and her son, Cody.

Leann Cavicchi and her son, Cody. Courtesy photo.

By Ruth Thompson | Wicked Local Norwell | | October 20, 2011

Norwell — Leann Cavicchi said she has never been a runner.

“I hated running,” said the Norwell resident who is gearing up to take part in the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of the month. “I’m astonished I’m able to do this.”

The 26.2-mile event will take runners on a route through northern Virginia and the nation’s capital. Over 30,000 people are registered to take part in the marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox News: Semper Fi Bike Ride for Injured

Fox News Video of RFSF
October 18, 2011

By Diane Ryan | Fox News | | October 13, 2011

Video: Bicyclists embark on 430 mile journey while raising money for injured heroes. Read the rest of this entry »

Mi-Wuk Village man, former Marine, to pedal across U.S.

October 18, 2011

By Lacey Peterson | Union Democrat | | October 18, 2011

Former U.S. Marine Tim Tuomey started a test run Monday for his upcoming cross-country bicycle trip.

Tuomey has enlisted two friends on a bike and in a follow car on the 132-mile stretch from Lee Vining to Tonopah, Nev. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Depot Foundation Makes Major Grant to the Semper Fi Fund

Home Depot Foundation logo
October 17, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - October 10, 2011 - As part of its “Celebration of Service” initiative to honor U.S. military veterans, The Home Depot Foundation® today announced a total of almost $1 million in grants to the Military Warriors Support Foundation, the Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »

Ride for injured Marines ends in San Diego

October 17, 2011
Ride for Semper Fi photo by Fox News 5

Ride For Semper Fi ends 3 Day ride. Photo by Fox News 5.

Fox 5 News | | October 17, 2011

SAN DIEGO – A team of cyclists finished a 430-mile journey in San Diego that raised money to help injured soldiers and their families get back on their feet.

The Ride for Semper Fi team hand delivered a $320,000 check to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund on Saturday. The cyclists-turned-philanthropists proudly exceeded their $300,000 goal, team member Jessica Newell said. Read the rest of this entry » Riders for Semper Fi donate $320,000

October 15, 2011
Ride for Semper Fi check presentation photo

Representatives from Ride for Semper Fi present a check for $320,000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at the Bay View Restaurant aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 15. Sixty-five riders spent six months fundraising in their communities to donate to the fund after completing a 430-mile bicycle ride from Scottsdale, Ariz., to MCRD.

By Lance Cpl. Eric Quintanilla | USMC | | October 15, 2011

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Friends and family cheered as their loved ones crossed the finish line of the fourth annual Ride for Semper Fi at the Bay View Restaurant aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Oct. 15.

The 430-mile bicycle ride began in Scottsdale, Ariz. and helped raised money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »