| The Daily Courier | DCCourier.com | 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 thoughts, and read quotes from journal entries of Major Donald Zembiec, a Marine killed in action in Iraq in 2007, that his parents shared with cyclists on the ride.
"Live with integrity, for without integrity we deceive ourselves, we live in a house of cards, Zembiec wrote in his journal," Hummel said. "And be willing to sacrifice, for anything worthy in life requires sacrifice."
The Semper Fi fund provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the military and their families, helping with travel to a loved one's bedside; van and home modifications; specialized and adaptive equipment; career assistance; and therapeutic arts. For more about the fund, go to www.semperfifund.org.