“Run for the Fallen” and “Soldier Ride” Wounded Warrior Project

Run for the Fallen is a collective of runners whose mission is clear and simple: To run one mile for every American service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.As Soldiers’ Angels mission is to support all of our Heroes and with your help, we are asking for your help to spread our wings around this event. With the thousands of dedicated Angels nationwide, we have the ability to stand wingtip to wingtip, coast to coast, literally, and join these runners in honor of our fallen. You can run with them, you can take water or snacks or simply cheer them along the route. We want the love and support of Soldiers’ Angels to be felt nationwide.

Every mile in this memorial run, Run for the Fallen, will be dedicated to a fallen soldier and marked with an American flag and personalized sign card. These dedication markers will create a memorial trail across the United States, which will allow the memorial to connect with towns and citizens and propagate the memories and lives of those who fought in Iraq. We run in honor of the soldier.

The run is a symbolic memorial. While each flag will represent a soldier who has fallen, the run will stand as one large stitch spanning the width of the nation, coast to coast. The run is an active healing process, and the miles manifest themselves as healing stitches. One mile of sweat and pain to pay homage to one soldier’s life. It is through the embodiment of each mile that we reflect upon and activate the memory of those who gave their lives.

We ask that you, as a integral part of Soldiers’ Angels assist in honoring a fallen service member by meeting the runners along the path in your area to show your support. We encourage you to help the healing process, and bring the lives of those lost to the forefront.

Please look over the route below for the date they will be coming through you area.

Patti Patton-Bader

Remaining dates of Run for the Fallen:

Day 69: August 22, 2008: Quantico, VA to Lincolnia, VA 54.73 miles.
Day 70: August 23, 2008: rest day in Washington D.C.
Day 71: August 24, 2008: Dora Kelly Nature Park, Lincolnia, VA to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 10k finish.

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Empire State Challenge

Empire State Challenge

July 24-26, New York City and Long Island

Schedule of Events

Pre ride event at Bar 9 in Manhattan. Wednesday, July 23 at 8 pm.
Day 1, Thursday, July 24: Riders will ride in Manhattan. Route to be announced but we will hit Central Park, Hudson River Park bike path, South Street Seaport, cross the Brooklyn Bridge and end in Bensonhurst. Later the soldiers will be guests of honor at a fundraiser dinner at the Airpower Museum in Farmingdale.
Day 2, Friday, July 25: Ride starts at the Babylon Town hall and heads from Jones Beach to Cedar Beach along Ocean Parkway. Riding is by invitation only but come out and cheer on the riders. Event route That night the riders will be treated to a dinner in Ocean Beach on Fire Island.
Day 3, Saturday, July 26: Riders will be the guests of honor at the Inagural Soldier Ride Empire State Challenge Metric Century Bike Ride in East Hampton. For more information and to register please see www.empirestatechallenge.org.After the ride come to the Stephen Talkhouse to meet the riders.
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3 Responses to ““Run for the Fallen” and “Soldier Ride” Wounded Warrior Project”

  1. olotliny Says:

    Loved ones track healing through Web site http://www.caringbridge.org/

    By Vince Little, Stars and Stripes
    Pacific edition, Friday, July 18, 2008

    Anna Carncross / Courtesy photo
    Army Sgt. 1st Class Chris Blaxton, 46, is welcomed home last month by family and friends in Okemos, Mich. The soldier was severely injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq last October. During his recovery, a personal Web site was set up at CaringBridge.org to help him stay connected with loved ones.

    A social networking site created a decade ago by a Minnesota woman helping a friend work through a crisis pregnancy has become a vehicle for wounded U.S. troops trying to stay connected with family and friends as they struggle to recover from war injuries.

    Based in Minneapolis, CaringBridge.org allows seriously ill patients or their relatives to build free, personalized Web sites that include a guestbook, photo gallery and care journal to update loved ones. Users get online support and access to partner health care agencies as well.

    Sona Mehring, 46, founded the nonprofit CaringBridge in 1997 and serves as its executive director. Since then, it’s received more than half a billion visits by family and friends who turn to the site for comfort and support during difficult times.

    “Being able to bring together that circle of concerned family and friends is very powerful,” Mehring said of the site that is one of the top three dot-orgs in the world, with 20 million visitors annually. “Even though it was started here, the Internet instantly made it a global service. … It certainly has grown globally.”

    Up to 10 percent of personal pages are devoted to wounded servicemembers back from battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, she estimates.

    “We really focus on a broad category of medical events, and certainly war injuries are part of that,” Mehring said. “We also have a long relationship with Fisher House that started around 2001. It’s really helped us gain understanding with military families, the different hospitals where wounded troops are taken care of and medical personnel who were treating them.”

    She says a new site is created every eight minutes and administrators send out more than 300,000 notifications each day following user updates.

    Anna Carncross set up a CaringBridge site for her uncle, Army Sgt. 1st Class Chris Blaxton. The 46-year-old soldier from Okemos, Mich., was severely injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in October.

    He was airlifted to Germany and wound up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington a few days later.

    “We didn’t necessarily want anyone and everyone to be able to read about Chris but wanted all of his friends and family to be able to visit the site as often as they wanted,” Carncross said. “When Chris first got hurt, there were phone calls and e-mails going everywhere and it was impossible to make sure that everyone was updated.”

    She said posting on the site saved time for the family so they could take care of Blaxton, his wife, Sabine, and their four children.

    “It was also a way that everyone could reach out to Chris by leaving comments for him to read,” Carncross said. “It kept everyone up to date on Chris’ progress. Once he was able to, he started to update the page himself and it was wonderful to hear from him.”

    Last month, a large homecoming was held for Blaxton at Okemos High School.

    The CaringBridge home page features a link to personal stories. Included is the tale of Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Andrew Kinard.

    The Naval Academy graduate suffered massive injuries in a roadside bombing in Iraq in October 2006. He lost both legs in the blast and has experienced complications in virtually every area of his body. He underwent nearly 50 surgeries in the four months that followed.

    Thousands of people from around the world have followed Kinard’s story through his CaringBridge page, which is updated daily by his older sister, Katherine. She believes his recovery has been bolstered by the awareness that so many have weighed in with encouragement, support and prayers.

    “CaringBridge has been a huge blessing,” Katherine says on the Web site. “I want people to hear his story. The more people he can touch, the bigger impact he can have.”

    Kinard optimistically looks to the future and plans to attend law school someday.

    “I’m alive. I have my arms, my brain. What’s next?” he says under his personal story.

    Mehring said a personal enthusiasm for the Internet has helped drive CaringBridge’s expansion.

    “I knew this could help connect people going through any of these medical events. I really did,” she said. “That was an important motivator, knowing this potential that was out there and how this could really, really touch many people’s lives.

    “It has been wonderful to be able to combine that passion I have for technology to help people when they really need it most … There has really been this exponential effect.”

    She says CaringBridge’s free service is easy to use and available to anyone dealing with life-changing events.

    “It’s been such a personally unique and powerful experience,” Mehring said. “This is something that’s out there for anybody. We’ve really just hit the tip of the iceberg, and know we can go farther.”

  2. patricia Says:

    Did the ride babylon to the beaches with them yesterday. they are truly inspirational.. THANK YOU just doesnt seem enough

  3. olotliny Says:

    Bike ride raises funds for wounded soldiers

    BY JESSE COZZETTI | jesse.cozzetti@newsday.com
    July 26, 2008

    Hundreds of soldiers who had survived traumatic injuries hopped on bicycles and pedaled down Ocean Parkway in Babylon on Friday to raise donations for combat-wounded soldiers.

    Unfazed by the almost 20-mile bike ride and disabilities including amputated legs and arms, the 250 soldiers hope to raise $100,000 by the end of the week, said Woody Groton, director of the project’s Soldier Ride program. That included $30,000 from the Town of Babylon, $10,000 from the family of Robert Pope II, who was killed in Iraq in 2005, and other donations.

    Brent Hendrix, 23, of Forest City, N.C., lost his leg from a roadside bomb in Rawah, Iraq. After two years of rehab and 70 surgeries, the soldier from the 172nd Stryker Brigade, based in Fairbanks, Alaska, now rides his bike with a prosthetic leg.

    “I wouldn’t stop defending my country until my last breath,” Hendrix said.

    The nonprofit organization seeks to assist men and women in the armed services who suffer traumatic injuries.

    After the long ride from Babylon Town Hall to Cedar Beach, the soldiers, family and friends gathered under three white tents to enjoy a barbecue provided by the Town of Babylon. The town had prepared for the project for two months, said Babylon Councilwoman Ellen McVeety.

    Rich Houdek, 33, of the Copiague fire department came out with fellow firefighters to support the soldiers.

    “It’s a fantastic day,” Houdek said.”They are truly blessed.”

    Joel Dulashanti, 21, of Cincinnati, was shot three times by an AK-47 assault rifle in Afghanistan. The injured soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., received a prosthetic leg after 15 months of rehabilitation.

    “I don’t think there is such a thing as a disability or something stopping you,” Dulashanti said.

    How you can help

    The nonprofit Wounded Warrior Project, based in Jacksonville, Fla., aims to help severely injured soldiers recover and transition back to civilian life through jobs programs, outdoor recreation and other activities. Call 904-296-7350 or visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

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