Do something.

Got an email from a friend whose husband was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq Memorial Day 2007. She's running in the Marine Corps Marathon through the generosity of TAPS (Tragedy ). In order to do so, she needs to raise $1,000. If you could find it in your hearts (and wallets) to help her out, I'd be grateful.

**Her personal TAPS page (where you can make a donation to help her reach her goal) is HERE.

From Mindi:
Ok, so I have signed up to run another marathon. Yes, I am crazy! This time however there is a bit of method to my madness. I'm going to run the Marine Corps Marathon. Normally you have to be put in this lottery thing to try and get a slot but TAPS(Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) has 150 slots available to them. All they ask us to do is to raise at least $1000.00. No prob right? Ok, so this is where all of you (my wonderful, loving and generous friends and family) come in. Please if you are able, donate. It is a wonderful cause. Just to note(tug at heartstrings) the kids and I will be heading to the TAPS national conference and Good Grief camp the weekend of Memorial Day. If you are not able to donate, please help by forwarding this to as many people as you can. Thank you for your support, Mindi

And I also heard from Chuck:

I am participating in this, and am trying to raise between $5K (personal goal) and $10K (team goal). I am $3k short of my personal goal right now, and the event is only a scant 3 weeks away.

I am writing to not only ask for your contributions, but to also as for you to spread this information through your address books, word of mouth, web pages, and any other means at your disposal.

ANY amount, even a single dollar is appreciated. This is my personal achievement after being wounded. Completing this ride will mark almost three years or rehabilitation, over 30 reconstructive surgeries, and healing from being wounded in 2005. It is my honor to ride along with other wounded warriors. Please donate what you can, and ask others to do likewise.

Link for donations: 2008 Face of America Bike Ride
More information from the website:

On May 3rd & 4th 2008 World Team Sports, working with The Walter Reed Army Medical Center, The National Naval Medical Center, The Brooke Army Medical Center, The Soldiers Angel Fund, The Injured Semper Fi Fund, and others will be hosting our 2008 Face of America Bike Ride, a two-day inclusive bike ride from Bethesda, MD to historic Gettysburg, PA the National Naval Medical Center to honor and assist our disabled veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This ride is an opportunity to welcome these disabled servicemen and women ,and able-bodied servicemen and women, as teammates and show them how much we appreciate their efforts. We will also have the opportunity to show them that they can still be a part of the TEAM.

There is no charge for any active duty servicemen or women, both able-bodied and disabled, to participate. There is a $ 400 minimum fundraising goal for all other participants. The money raised will pay for all the costs of the active duty participants, including accommodations, food, outreach, providing usage of bikes, cycling clinics,and all other costs associated with the ride.

So, should you find yourselves with a few of your hard-earned tax dollars handed abck to you from Uncle Sam, you might consider supporting these two as they try to reach their goals. Or, you can throw a few dollars toward Soldiers' Angelst to help them out (for a reason I'll post about tomorrow).

Chuck, Mindi...you both are amazing. Thanks for letting me know you!


- hfs

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