Media Alert:

Boston Survivors and Semper Fi Fund Veterans Thrive and Inspire in Boston Marathon April 16, 2018

Contact: Brian McPherson
Telephone: 740-819-9781

April 10, 2018

Team Semper Fi Athletes, Boston Survivors and Community Athletes for Semper Fi Fund Take on World Famous Marathon

Who: Forty-five veterans from the Semper Fi Fund’s Team Semper Fi, Boston bombing survivors, and Community Athletes run and handcycle the 122nd Boston Marathon in Support Through Sport.

Key Attendees – interviews available upon request Mike Mendoza: Marine, father, Navy Cross recipient and Ironman world record holder Michelle Kinsella: Community athlete (fundraising over $171k), teacher and Bostonian marathoner

What: Semper Fi Fund’s athletes, Community Athletes and Boston survivors will run alongside one another in the 122nd Boston Marathon. These athletes will not only compete together, but they will be continuing to grow post-trauma – learning to thrive beyond their injuries. These unique bonds reinforce that they are not alone and there is a community that supports them. .

When: April 16, 2018

Where: Boston, Massachusetts

Why: “Recovery Through Sport” has proven to be an ideal outlet for injured service members and Boston survivors to hone both physical agility and mental focus, skills that are critical to navigating their recovery and reintegration. Learning and practicing alongside wounded service members, they can also trade stories, share strategies for coping with their injuries and forge lasting friendships.

ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND: The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for post 9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: An A+ from CharityWatch – one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year – and seven consecutive “4-Star” ratings from Charity Navigator, an achievement attained by only 3% of rated charities. Learn more at

ABOUT TEAM SEMPER FI: Team Semper Fi – is the heart and inspiration of the Semper Fi Fund’s Sports Program and is an extension of the assistance we provide. The teams are made up of servicemen and women who have overcome significant challenges in their service to our country and have embraced the fighting, athletic spirit on their road to recovery. They are an inspiration to us all, but more importantly, they are an inspiration to their fellow service members who are also recovering.

If you would like more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brian McPherson at 740.819.9781 or email at [email protected].