One World Strong Trek — an epic coast-to-coast journey to say “thank you” to everyone who contributed to the recovery efforts of those whose lives were affected three years ago at the Boston Marathon bombing.

Immediately after the bombing — which forever changed the lives of Heather Abbott, Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, Adrianne Haslet, Gillian Reny, Lee Ann Yanni, Michelle L’Heureux, Marc Fucarile, Brittany Loring, Elizabeth Bermingham and hundreds of others — Americans and people around the world were quick to rally behind the injured. Among those who rallied: a group of injured veterans from the Semper Fi Fund who rushed to their bedsides in support.

Several Boston Marathon bombing survivors will team up with the Semper Fi Fund and take up the baton to share stories, say thank you, and remind all Americans about the notion of strength through unity.

Led by two runners who will make the full coast-to-coast trip, the One World Strong Trek is neither a race nor a timed event — the goal is simply to move from coast to coast in relay fashion, passing the baton along the way and reaching out to as many people as possible.

The Trek will make stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco and several other cities and towns along the route. At each stop, Boston Marathon survivors and injured service members from the Semper Fi Fund will share their stories and say thank you to EMS, police, fire and medical personnel.

The baton, which was presented to the One World Strong Trek group by the Semper Fi Fund, is engraved with the simple words “thank you” and “Recovery Through Sport” – the tagline for Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi.  This Baton will be passed from one Trek traveler to another at each stop;representing the unity of the Semper Fi Fund, the Boston survivors, all Americans and our collective will to continue moving forward in the face of tragedy.  The baton will be showcased at various stops along the way as the Boston survivors share their gratitude to America for their support and how they’ve found healing through movement.

The handoffs also represent the idea of “just move” — because just as the African proverb states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” As Americans, we stand forever united as one: The motto of our nation, “e pluribus unim,” means “out of many one.” As one united family of Americans, we will forever remain always faithful — semper fidelis — to those who need support.

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