In April 2019, I will be running in the 123rd Boston Marathon supporting the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation. A Winchester, MA native, Glen was one of the 4 American's who were tragically killed in the September 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Please allow me to briefly explain why I am choosing to support Team GDMF during this race.
For those of you who do not know this about me, I currently have the honor of serving our nation and the Commonwealth in the Massachusetts Army National Guard as a Transportation Officer. I commissioned in May of 2017 through Dickinson College's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. The MA Guard was my first choice of duty, and I was lucky enough to receive it.
My decision to join the military and serve my community was not one I made overnight. Two main forces served as my "call to action."
I was a senior at Winchester High School on the date of Glen's passing. The terror attacks had a profound impact throughout the community and on me personally. Glen's dedication to his country and life of selfless service have helped guide me to become the person I am today and played a critical role in my decision to join the military.
Later in that same academic year, in April of 2013, the Boston Marathon was struck by a terror attack. The explosions killed 3 innocent people and injured hundreds more. While I was fortunate enough to be safe from the attacks that day, I felt incredibly helpless while watching the events transpire. That day firmly reinforced my desire to serve a purpose bigger than myself while giving back to my community.
Several years later, I am EXTREMELY PROUD to be entered in the 2019 Boston Marathon and supporting the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation. We have some very ambitious fundraising goals for this event and need your support!
The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation aims to keep Glen's spirit alive by easing the transition from military life and work to that of a civilian by helping fund educational costs for Special Operation individuals and their children. After 5 years of operation, the program has begun to built a solid reputation in the Special Operations community, and the demand ofr GDMF scholarships continues to rise; a record 23 applications were received by the foundation this past year.
Check out the impact that GDMF scholarships have had on the lives of its recipients here.
Thank you for your consideration! Your generosity will go right to work in helping our nation's soldiers transition to new careers and new family life.