Our FirstLight Home Care Denver West owner Chris Koch is competing in an Ironman 70.3 in April and has decided to use the occasion to raise money for an amazing cause! He has chosen to partner with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing support and resources for injured or fallen servicemen and women and their families. The money that Chris raises during his Ironman 70.3 will go toward the foundation’s efforts to build a smart home for an Army veteran named Sgt. Robert Easley Jr.
On October 15, 2012, his mission was to support the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment’s effort to defeat the Taliban. While conducting operations as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, SGT Easley stepped on an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs above the knee and sustained multiple injuries to his right hand including partial amputation of his pointer, middle, and index fingers, a sliced tendon on his pinky, and large wounds on the palm and top of his hand.
SGT Easley, who grew up in Carlisle, Pa., spent considerable time in the hospital and underwent 15 months of bone lengthening surgical procedures to increase his chances of walking on prosthetics.
The smart home will be built for Sgt. Easley in Denver, Colorado.
About the Tunnel to Towers Foundation:
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s mission is to honor the sacrifice of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001.
For 20 years, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation has honored Stephen’s legacy by supporting the heroes who continue to risk life and limb in the line of duty.
To mark its 20th anniversary, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation has promised to deliver 120 mortgage-free homes to our nation’s heroes by the end of the year.
For more about the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, please visit Tunnel2Towers.org.