It was a beautiful Sunday morning in October 2009 as my husband and I left church. Little did we know, everything was about to change. We returned to the car and noticed several missed phone calls and text messages from my parents. Immediately, I knew something was very wrong. The first thing that came to my mind was my younger brother, Cory. Cory was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. He was in the midst of his third deployment overseas. This time, the mission sent him to Afghanistan. As much as I tried to deny the worst case scenario, I saw no other reason for the repeated phone calls. Unfortunately, my suspicions were right.
The LAV (light armored vehicle) Cory was traveling in, ran over an IED (improvised explosive device), also known as a roadside bomb. All my parents knew was that he was alive, but in critical condition and would be flown to Germany for further evaluation and treatment. Due to internal bleeding, his spleen had to be removed. Fortunately, the spleen is an organ you can live without. It was an extremely long road to recovery, but after several months in the hospital and enduring countless hours of physical therapy, Cory is living a healthy, normal life.
I am running the Cooper River Bridge Run 2013 in Charleston, SC on April 6th to help raise money for the "Semper Fi Fund / Injured Marine." This fund helps to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. These men and women go to work each day, willing to give their lives for their country. Sadly, many do. My brother almost gave his life and that is something my family and I will never forget. I love you Cory. This one's for you!