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 »

Helping Our Heroes Golf Tournament Raises $65K for the Semper Fi Injured Marines Fund

October 13, 2011
Helping our Heroes golf 2011

Cpl. Patrick Meyers and General Don Lynch (Photo by Neighbor Go)

Neighbors Go | | October 13, 2011

The Brookhaven Country Club was home course to some 200 golfers teeing up for a cause on September 12, 2011. The Helping Our Heroes Golf Tournament and Dinner, sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, raised $65,000 to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Participating in this first year event were local notables Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Jr., and Steve and Lauren Christensen. Read the rest of this entry »

President George W Bush honors America’s Wounded Warriors

October 12, 2011

By Focus Daily News | | October 11, 2011

President Bush with wounded warriors photo

President Bush presents the trophy to the Warrior Open winner, Corporal Chad E. Pfeifer, United States Army (Retired) PRNewsFoto/The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Eric Draper

DALLAS—President George W. Bush today congratulated the wounded warriors who participated in the first-ever Warrior Open, presenting the Winner's Trophy to Corporal Chad E. Pfeifer, United States Army (Retired), currently of Scottsdale, Arizona. The Warrior Open is a two-day golf tournament that continues President Bush's efforts to honor the men and women of our nation's Armed Forces who have sacrificed to protect America's freedoms.

The tournament, held at Las Colinas Country Club in the Dallas area, featured 20 members of the military who served their country honorably and were severely wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. President Bush joined the veterans during a practice round on Sunday, and then watched them on the course during the two-day event. Read the rest of this entry »

Biking for a Good Cause in Scottsdale

October 12, 2011

Fox News Phoenix | | October 12, 2011

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - It's a grueling ride, but the cyclists who join it every year get their motivation from the Marines they're riding for.

The group is headed to San Diego and for every mile they ride for injured Marines, they're raising money. Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Pendleton Patch: The Ride for Semper Fi

October 12, 2011

By Laura Crawford | Camp Pendleton Patch | | October 5, 2011

The Ride for Semper Fi kicks off Oct. 12 from Scottsdale, Ariz. and ends in MCRD San Diego. The 70 participating riders of the event, which supports the Semper Fi Fund, have been training for five months—some longer—completing rides of up to 100 miles a day.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which supports critically ill and/or injured members of the United States Armed Forces. Four of the riders have benefited from the fund in the past. Read the rest of this entry »

People rally for wounded Marine

October 11, 2011

By Howard Altman | Tampa Tribune | | October 11, 2011

For Rob Barrow and Richard Hartmann, perhaps the hardest part of trying to build an addition to the home of a severely wounded Marine is finishing a sentence.

"Every time I tell someone the story of Cpl. Mike Nicholson, I get ready to start a sentence asking for help, but I can't finish it," said Barrow, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel. "Can you help with the conc?… Can you help with the dry wa? … I can't finish the sentence because people have been so eager to help, and they just jump in and offer." Read the rest of this entry »

CBS News – Bush still supports troops

October 8, 2011

CBS News | CBS News | | October 8, 2011

(AP) DALLAS - George W. Bush says that after eight years in the White House, he's happy to be back home in Texas and out of the spotlight.

But the former commander-in-chief tells The Associated Press there's one aspect of his presidency he still misses: interaction with U.S. troops. And Bush, who sent them to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, says that despite his desire to remain largely out of the public eye, he wants to make sure veterans and military members know they still have his support. Read the rest of this entry »

Poway: Polo club hosts military match

October 8, 2011

North County Times | | October 8, 2011

Poway Polo photo injured service members

Staff Sgt. Stefan Banks of the Army team sends the ball forward during a polo match against the Marine team Saturday at the Poway Polo Fields in Poway. Photo by MISAEL VIRGEN

The Poway Polo Club is holding its inaugural Inter-service Military Polo Match this weekend at the Poway Polo Fields in Poway. Teams from the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force compete in a round-robin tournament. Admission is free but donations will be taken to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. The tournament, which has been in the planning stages for more than a year, was conceived as a means to provide assistance for wounded service members. Events continue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Injured Marine is behind the wheel of dream truck

October 7, 2011

By Suzanne Laurent | Eagle Tribune | | October 7, 2011

LONDONDERRY — Marine Cpl. Charles Donnelly picked up his dream truck yesterday — a F250 Super Duty — and it will be sporting Purple Heart plates.

It was delivered to Donnelly during a presentation at Ride-Away in Londonderry.

Donnelly, 26, was injured May 13 when he stepped on an improvised explosive devise, or IED, while on patrol with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The explosion resulted in the amputation of his left leg, below the knee. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Afghan war vet gets a sweet ride on the road to recovery

Marine Charles Donnelly in new truck
October 7, 2011

By April Guilmet | Union Leader | | October 7, 2011

LONDONDERRY -- Moments after being handed the keys to his new Ford F-250 pickup truck, Marine Cpl. Charles Donnelly could barely conceal his excitement, even skipping a few steps as he hopped into the driver’s seat, his wife of a year and a half, Kerry, by his side.

With his boyish grin and confident swagger, it’s hard to imagine that Donnelly, a resident of Merrimack, is still recovering from a serious injury received while serving in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan last spring. Read the rest of this entry »