BENEFITING: CHILDREN OF FALLEN PATRIOTS FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Apr 29, 2017
All- I hope 2017 has started out to be one of health and happiness for you and your family. As many of you may know, I've been involved with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation for the past few years, and just recently been appointed as Chair of the Foundation's Junior Board. For those you who are not familiar with the Foundation, I'll explain a little bit about it now.
In 1989, five days before Christmas, Sergeant William Delaney Gibbs from the 7th Infantry Division was killed in action during Operation Just Cause in Panama, leaving behind a young wife and an unborn daughter. Our Founder and CEO, David Kim, served with Sergeant Gibbs and was inspired by his sacrifice and never forgot about Sergeant Gibb’s or his daughter. David Kim returned to the United States and founded Children of Fallen Patriots in 2002. Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has grown in its mission and vision to extend peace of mind through college scholarships to Gold Star families in all 50 states, in all branches of the military. The mission of Fallen Patriots is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. We are dedicated to serving the families of service members from all branches of the armed forces who have died as a result of combat casualties, military training accidents, service related illnesses, suicide, as well as other duty-related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Given my family's long line of military service, along with having lost both of my parents by the time I was 18 years old, I can't think of another charity that deserves more of my time, attention and efforts. The stress of losing a parent is hard enough; not being able to find the funds for your future educational needs only makes the tragedy of loss even that much worse. It is my goal to make sure that every child we come across who has lost a parent to combat related services will be provided the financial support and guidance to navigate their way through their next steps of higher education.
In looking at fundraising opportunities, you certainly come across a fair amount of options, whether it be participating in a marathon, hosting a golf tournament or just holding your hand out and hoping people donate. With how much effort our service men and women put into defending this great country, and with how much effort their families at home expend on holding things together through the duration of the long deployments, I wanted to engage in an event that was both military focused while also representing the amount of dedication and work put into our active and reserve members daily life.
I found an event. Its called SEALFIT. Hosted in Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, CA, the challenge is modeled after the first 50 hours of the notorious Navy SEAL BUD/S Hell Week. For 50 hours, I will be getting my bottom handed to be my a cadre of current and former US Navy SEALs...with no sleep. Here is a link for the training.
For those of you who know me well enough, I get a little cranky after not getting my beauty sleep. So I'm sure your mental image of me getting screamed at by a SEAL after not sleeping for 50 hours and doing north of 1000 burpees, running 25 miles and doing countless amount of push-ups will help you reach deep in your pockets and donate. But what I'm really counting on is the need of the 20,000 some children of our Fallen Patriots that we have not been able to help yet. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for any/all of your generous donations. It truly means the world to me, the Foundation and the families involved.
Also- the cost of the SEALFIT will be covered by me. None of your donations will go to defraying cost.