OVER HALFWAY TO OUR GOAL!!!!
January 30, 2017
BENEFITING: Pat Tillman Foundation
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
Hello Friends and Family!
I am excited to announce that I plan to participate in the 2017 Chicago Marathon for the Pat Tillman Foundation this October.
Last fall, my family urged me to watch Pat Tillman’s courageous story on the NFL Network’s documentary series titled, “A Football Life”. My uncle, Dave Brown, was Tillman’s teammate during his tenure with the Arizona Cardinals. I was told he would be featured in several clips in the episode to share anecdotes of his time with Tillman. It was the first time I had heard the full story of Pat—who he was, what he gave up, and the legacy he has left behind. It rocked my core and truly inspired me!
The day after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Tillman told a reporter, “At times like this, you stop and think about just how good we have it, what kind of system we live in, and the freedoms we are allowed. A lot of my family has gone and fought in wars and I really haven’t done a damn thing.”
In the spring of 2002, Tillman announced to the Arizona Cardinals he had decided to place his NFL career on hold to enlist in the U.S. Army. Dave McGinnis, former Arizona Cardinals head-coach said, “Pat knew his purpose in life. He proudly walked away from a career in football to a greater calling.”
Tillman joined the U.S. Army that July, committing to a three-year term. They were assigned to the second battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Washington. They served tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004. On the evening of April 22, 2004, Pat’s unit was ambushed as it traveled through the rugged, canyon terrain of eastern Afghanistan. His heroic efforts to provide cover for fellow soldiers as they escaped from the canyon led to his untimely and tragic death via fratricide.
While the story of Tillman's death may have been the most publicized in the War on Terror, it is Tillman's life, principles and service that are his true legacy. Tillman's family and friends started the Pat Tillman Foundation to carry forward that legacy by giving military veterans and their spouses, who embody those principles, the educational tools and support to reach their fullest potential as leaders--no matter how they choose to serve.
I am running to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation because I want to be a part of something bigger than myself; something more meaningful than just running 26.2 miles. I want to run this marathon to give back to the brave men and women and their families who sacrifice so much for this great country!
If you feel so led to give, please donate to my fundraiser for such an amazing organization. Let’s do this!