|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.
Sally and I raise money to support, and volunteer for Hope For The Warriors™. This renown organization looks out for the needs of our Nation’s post-9.11 military wounded, their caregivers and families, and the families of the fallen. For the fifth year in a row, Hope For The Warriors™ has earned Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for their financial responsibility. Fewer than five percent of all charities can achieve this recognition five years in a row. To learn more about this great organization, please visit their website at Hope For The Warriors
Ten years ago I had never completed a marathon. As a quadriplegic, I couldn’t fathom that it was possible. In 2006 I watched the Marine Corps Marathon to see my niece in her first marathon. When I saw the hand cycles pass mile 1, I said to myself, “I think I can do that.” I trained for two years to complete the Marine Corps Marathon in 2008. Along the way, we have raised over $73,000 as part of Team Hope For The Warriors™.
This year our fundraising is turning 100. If all goes well, I will have completed 100 marathons and half marathons. I have ridden enough distance in training, races, and fundraising events to circle the earth 1-1/4 times. This year I will attempt the Angel Fire Marathon at an altitude of 8000 feet in the southern Rockies in New Mexico, the Air Force Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, and my eighth Marine Corps Marathon. And maybe, with your help, reach $80,000 in fundraising for Hope For The Warriors™ for their programs for the wounded, their families, and the families of the fallen.
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.
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