After losing his left leg to a snipers’ bullet, Marine Corps Master Sergeant William “Spanky” Gibson endured months of difficult rehabilitation and rigorous physical therapy. He went on to train and compete in triathlons and became the first ever amputee to be redeployed to the front lines. Now enrolled at the University of Maryland – University College and studying psychology, he works with other disabled veterans and wants to spend his life helping veterans overcome mental health problems.
I’d like to help, also. I have the honor of running with the Indianapolis portion of “Team Tillman” in this Fall’s New York City Marathon. Do you know Pat Tillman’s story?
In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, Pat Tillman selflessly put his successful NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. In 2004, following his death while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, his family and friends created the Pat Tillman Foundation.
The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in veterans and their families through education, community and advocacy. With the efforts of Team Tillman New York members and the generous support of individuals, corporations and organizations throughout the country, the Pat Tillman Foundation strives to increase the amount of funds awarded nationally each year to Tillman Military Scholars to $3.6 million, to represent the NFL contract Pat walked away from when he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
By accepting the invitation I am also agreeing to raise money for the Scholarship Program in the amount of $4240, symbolic of Pat’s NCAA & NFL football jersey numbers. I’ll be covering some (or all, depending on my fund raising abilities lol) of that amount, and I’d like you to consider making a donation. Think of it as joining PoTeam Tillman. I know my audience, and I know many of you will help, and so–THANKS in advance! Here’s the link. It’s an easy process; you can donate via credit card.