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Running for Military Families
I'm again running the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation, a charity that that builds houses on the grounds of the major military hospitals specifically for the families of our wounded and injured service men and women. Except for top notch care I can't think of anything that is more important to our troops than the ability to have family be with them in their time of greatest need. But if you have stayed at a hotel in any major city recently you can understand how difficult it would be for the family of a Sergeant or a Private to stay with them for any length of time. Because of Fisher House a Marine Mom was able to stay with her seriously wounded son, at no cost to her, as he underwent more than a year of recovery at different hospitals around the country. She stated in a newspaper article “I would have never been able to support my son without Fisher House and I will be grateful to them for the rest of my life”. In 2007 military families saved more than $9 million in hotel/motel costs by staying at Fisher Houses. The fact that I'm running the Marine Corps Marathon is only to get your attention. You are not paying any of my costs because Fisher House does not reimburse me in any way. Last year I spent more than $500 in out of pocket costs for travel, lodging, and meals. While it would be easier to just write them a check for $500, last year friends and family contributed over $4,000 so Fisher House gets more money (hopefully) this way. My inspiration last year was my daughter, Marine 1st Lieutenant Rebecca McCollom, who was deployed to Iraq during most of my training. Unfortunately she is returning to Iraq in August so she will again be my inspiration, especially when I run the marathon in October together with her new husband, Marine Captain Roberto Scribner.

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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Total Donations: $10,516.00
Goal: $10,000

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