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Running to support military families
Welcome to my fund raising page for the Fisher House! This will be my first marathon for a charity, and it is a worthy one. As a Navy physician, I've seen the positive effects on military families when a sick or loved one is hospitalized. The Fisher House has allowed families to stay near the hospital for weeks at a time. I've been a competitive runner for nearly 16 years now and this is the first race I've run for a charity. Thanks for considering this donation and leave the 26.2 miles up to me! God bless!
Total Donations Collected:$1,165.00
Goal: $1,250
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A DONATION TO THE FISHER HOUSE HONORS THOSE WHO SERVE.

The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. A long-term stay in a military hospital, sometimes thousands of miles from home, could mean expensive lodging and long separations from loved ones. But in recognition of the special sacrifices of severely wounded or ill service members and their families, the Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes" so that America's military families can be together during extended treatment for serious injury or lengthy physical and/or occupation therapy.

Each Fisher House creates a warm, compassionate environment where families find support and encouragement from others in similar circumstances. The houses are typically 5,000 to 16,000 square foot homes designed with eight to 21 guest suites. All are professionally decorated and beautifully furnished in the tone and style of the local region. The houses have well-stocked community kitchens, spacious dining area, and inviting living rooms complete with libraries and toys for children. Other features include in-room telephones and cable TV/VCRs, laundry facilities, housekeeping services and in-room or common-area computers with internet access. All Fisher Houses are within walking distance of the medical center, or transportation is provided. Caring staff and volunteers are available to assist guests.

Today, 38 Fisher Houses operate at 18 military bases and nine Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers throughout the nation and overseas in Germany. Since our nation has been at war, the requirements for Fisher House have changed. Many of our returning service members need intensive physical and occupational rehabilitation. Their Fisher House stays have become longer, and, as a result, more guest suites are needed. Also, because of the nature of their injuries, all new Fisher Houses are being designed to be completely handicapped accessible.

Fisher House Foundation programs are run by generous public support. Your donation will make a difference. For more information, call toll-free (888)294-8560 or click on the "home page" link at the top of this page.

The Fisher House Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organziation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, builds new houses, assists in coordination private support, and encourages public support for the homes. Donations to the Fisher House Foundation and individual Fisher Houses are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

The Foundation has received the highest possible ratings from the “watch dog” organizations that evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofit organizations: For every dollar donated to Fisher House Foundation, 97.5 cents goes directly into the Fisher House program. “Overhead,” the combination of management and fundraising expenses, is only 2.5 cents.

Making an online contribution is the most efficient method of donating, but checks are accepted. Please be sure to make the payment to "Fisher House Foundation" and write the name of the person you are sponsoring in the "memo" section of the check. Checks can be mailed to:

Fisher House Foundation
Attn: 2008 Marine Corps Marathon
PO Box 2346
Rockville, MD 20847

The person you are sponsoring will only get credit for your donation if you include his/her name on the check.

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