Goodwill – Hikers raise money for injured Marines fund

Star News | | November 9, 2011

Many charities are winding up fundraising campaigns at this time of year; too many to count. But one is really walking the walk – hiking from one end of the state to the other.

Fortunate Sons, a group of 18 active-duty Marines, is collectively hiking the 1,000-mile North Carolina “Mountains-to-Sea Trail” for both charity and awareness. The 42-day journey began Oct. 2 at Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains and ends at Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks on Saturday.

Funds raised are to be given to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

The group comprises six three-man teams, with each team having hiked for a week at a time, covering a “marathon a day” or approximately 25 miles daily.

The Semper Fi Fund website says it is a nonprofit that provides financial aid and quality of life solutions for Marines and sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces, when they become injured in post 9/11 combat or training operations, or they face life-threatening illness or injury. The fund provides relief to qualified service members and their families for immediate financial needs during hospitalization and recovery, as well as perpetuating needs such as home modifications, customized transportation and specialized equipment.

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