Thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising website. For those of you who may not know me and heard about this fundraiser through friends of friends, I'm an Apache Helicopter Pilot currently serving my second tour of duty in Iraq. Running a marathon is something I have wanted to do for several years but haven't had a motivating purpose to make me take training seriously. Now I do!
During this deployment, my Battalion lost a very special Soldier, SPC Michael Brown. More recently, one of my best friends from West Point suffered a near fatal injury during an enemy attack on his convoy that resulted in the death of one of his Soldiers, SPC Arturo-Huerta Cruz. These events have inspired me to begin this fundraiser in honor of them and for an organization that benefits ALL fallen/wounded Soldiers and their Families.
I am in contact with H4TW discussing the possibility of ensuring a portion of the money raised goes directly to both SPC Brown's and SPC Cruz's Families. H4TW will do what they can in accordance with their mission and following the guidelines set forth by their board of directors to help ensure that happens. As I would expect from my good friend who was injured, knowing the quality guy that he is and what he stands for, he has asked not to receive any benefits from this, instead for any support received to be directed to his Soldier's family. The military takes good care of those wounded in combat, but it's organizations like "Hope for the Warriors" that provides many Soldiers and their Families the extra support and care each deserves.
Feel free to visit the web site to get a better idea for what this great organization has done and continues to do for combat wounded Soldiers. (www.hopeforthewarriors.org)
As for the marathon, I am choosing to run the Jacksonville Bank Marathon in Jax, FL on Dec 21st 2008 for several reasons. Most importantly, it is close to Sarasota, where I plan on spending part of Christmas leave this year. Second, it will be a good first marathon for me since the course is very flat. Third, the timing is perfect. Lastly, my choices were somewhat limited in the first place. There are not many winter marathons out there to choose from. As much as I would love to run my first marathon up and down the snow covered hills of West Virginia, I think this is the smarter choice, especially since I'll just be getting home from conducting the majority of my training this summer in Iraq.
If you are able and willing to donate, then from all of us here in Iraq, thank you very much! I will include those who donate in a periodic email distro updating you on OUR progress. When you make a donation I get an email which includes your contact information and email address. This will allow me to automatically include you on the distro, even if you are a friend of a friend and I don't currently have your email address. If you would rather make an "offline" donation for security concerns or simply because you don't have a credit card, then email me and I'll explain the plan for that. I will be able to enter offline donations on this website so your contribution will be included in the total donation amount towards our goal.
Please tell as many people as possible about this fundraiser. Send out mass emails of your own, show the site to friends at work; maybe even get a newspaper to write an article, etc...you get it. I'm going to pursue possible radio announcements back home as well. With some hard work, I think we can meet our goal and then some. If you have any questions and/or would like to contact me directly, my email address is (firstname.lastname@example.org).
**This fundraiser began on Memorial Day, 2008. Donations can be made at the following website:
Thanks, Jason Lynn