|Welcome to Paul & Sally Kelly's web page for donations to help America's wounded warriors.
Let’s Roll, America. First of all (everybody asks): I’m NOT a warrior. I am a grateful beneficiary of the sacrifices and dedication of thousands of brave men and women who have answered the call to duty during our nation’s times of need.
I am a citizen of the greatest nation on earth. I enjoy liberties that citizens of other countries can only dream of. Americans take more freedom for granted than most people on this earth will ever enjoy. However, that freedom comes with a price. In this country, that price has been paid again and again with the blood of heroes and the sacrifices of their families.
Remember their sacrifices. Please help these brave men and women on their road to recovery and rehabilitation. Please Donate to Hope For The Warriors™, a civilian organization, with 501(c)(3) non-profit status, whose mission is to enhance quality of life for US Service Members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors™ actively endeavors to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet, particularly with regard to the short and long-term care of the severely injured. To learn more about this great organization, please visit their website at Hope For The Warriors
Sally and I started this fundraising campaign in 2007 as I approached my 30th year of living with my disability. With her selfless love and support, I set out with three goals before me: 1) To complete the Marine Corps Marathon; 2) To handbike over 2008 miles in training, fundraising events, and races; and 3) To raise $26,200 ($1,000 for every mile in a marathon) to support projects undertaken by Hope For The Warriors™. Through the outpouring of support from hundreds of grateful Americans, including friends, family, neighbors, and local businesses, our success has been beyond what we had ever dreamed. Not only have we surpassed our fundraising goal, I have surpassed my mileage goal in 2008 and each year since. Seven years and well over 20,000 miles later, I have completed 66 marathons and half marathons, including completing my long-time dream, the Marine Corps Marathon five times. Supporting Hope For The Warriors™ has been one of the greatest experiences in my life.
In 2010, we fulfilled our fundraising goal and promised our support in a second ‘marathon of hope’ to raise another $26,200 to support these great heroes. Sally, for her part, completed her first marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon in October, 2011.
Now, in 2014 we are renewing that commitment. I plan to complete over 2008 miles again this year. I have the Marine Corps Marathon in my sights again, the Myrtle Beach Marathon, and the Graveyard 100 ultra marathon. Your donation is the biggest support you can offer.
Your donations are making a difference in the lives of many deserving disabled service men and women. Join thousands of grateful Americans with your donation as we extend our fundraising into our fifth year to help these great heroes.
As an American with a disability, I understand the challenges that face these brave men, women, and their families. I also find their personal stories of triumph over adversity to be my motivation. There is no better place in the world to have to live with a disability than the United States. We are blessed with technology, opportunities, and compassion that are available nowhere else.
Please help America’s heroes with your tax-deductible contribution to this great organization. Give generously. Our nation’s warriors have given selflessly for you. Help those who have fallen in their time of need.
Follow our blog to track our progress:
2008 Miles of Hope