Isaac and Jillian Wisniewski via Crowdrise
April 02, 2012
BENEFITING: INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND
EVENT DATE: May 27, 2012
Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you for visiting our fundraising webpage!
As you probably know by now, we will be running a half marathon this Memorial Day Weekend in the Berkshires, MA. While neither of us has run a half marathon, we decided to participate in this event for more than conquering 13.1 miles (...which for one of us is just a few months after having a baby!). Our close friends, Sam Russo and Carrie Holland, inspired us with their generous efforts last year when they both completed the marathon, AND more importantly, they raised over $8,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), which serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families. This year we look forward to sharing this experience with them while helping them reach our team goal of $50,000 for the IFHF.
We are both Captains in the US Army, where Isaac serves as an Apache helicopter pilot, and Jillian serves as a Military Intelligence officer. We both served in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault!), and we have family members who served overseas as well. Jillian’s brother, Sergeant Jacob Morton, served multiple tours as an infantryman in Iraq where he was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds he received when his squad was targeted by a suicide bomber. Jillian’s grandfather, John Morton, served in the Korean War as an airman in the US Air Force, and her step-grandfather, J.C. Basinger, served in WWII and was part of the initial Army forces that stormed Omaha Beach. Also, Jillian’s great-uncle, Jim Gourley, served in Vietnam with the Army. Isaac’s uncle, John Wisniewski, was also an Army Vietnam veteran. Isaac’s grandfather, Edward Cantwell, served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. We are willing to bet that if you dig into your own family histories, you will likely find that you are a family member of veterans as well! We understand that the commitment to military service transcends generations and deeply affects the Soldiers and family members alike. Many Soldiers return home with post-traumatic stress disorder, injuries, or even head trauma—most of these afflictions deeply affect their personal lives and create a need for long term care well after their service obligations have ended. Many Soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice and never return home at all.
We were incredibly impressed with the amount of money that Sam and Carrie raised last year—just two people found that their supportive friends and family could raise over $8,000 to support this great cause! As friends united for a common goal, we hope that we collectively can raise $50,000, and we will strive to do that by first achieving our Team Wisniewski goal of $5,000 before we participate in the event on May 27th.
The Memorial Day Marathon Committee is contributing a portion of the race proceeds to IFHF. In addition, this website will allow participants like ourselves to DIRECTLY raise money for the fund. Your donation will assist families who have lost a loved one, or Soldiers suffering severe physical or mental wounds from our current combat operations. We encourage you to visit the IFHF website at http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/ in order to better understand exactly how your contribution will assist this great organization.
Please consider contributing to our effort by:
making a monetary donation through this website,
or even by signing up for the race yourself!
Team Wisniewski (Jillian, Isaac, Anna, and baby Isaac)
Thank you for all your support!!!!