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Team Fisher House - Champions for Military Families
If you've always wanted to help our Armed Forces and their families but didn't know how, here's your chance! On October 26th, 2008, I will run 26.2 miles in Washington, DC's Marine Corps Marathon as part of Team Fisher House. As a team member, I will both run and raise money for the Fisher House Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that helps our soldiers and their families in need across the country and world. 97% of every dollar donated goes DIRECTLY to Fisher House!!

A simple $5 donation by 100 people will help me reach my goal. Please take some time to read about this one-of-a-kind organization below and consider a $5 donation to my fundraising efforts! I'd LOVE to far surpass my goal of $500!!


UPDATE (8.22.08) Hooray! My campaign has just about capped $2000, and our team has collectively raised over $200,000! We are 1/2 way to our goal of $400,000! Thank you so much for your generosity! I've upped the ante to $2600--that's $100 for every mile I'll run on October 26th!

UPDATE (7.17.08) We're almost there! Through your continued generosity, I've reached 80% of my goal and am still going strong!

UPDATE (6.4.08) Thank you ALL for your continued support of this mission. A special thank you to the VFW Post in Brewster, NY for doing an incredible job of spreading the word about my Team Fisher House campaign! I'm shooting for $2000!

UPDATE (5.19.08): Wow, Wow, Wow! Thanks to a fantastic early surge in my campaign due to the very generous donations from family and friends, I'm doubling my efforts here on the ground and increasing my goal to $1000 for this extremely worthy cause. Thank you so much for your support!!

Total Donations Collected:$2,744.00
Goal: $2,600
$0 106% $2,600

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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