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Don Thieme
Don Thieme
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All - Thank you for visiting this page dedicated to supporting our Marines and their families as they deal with myriad wounds and challenges. 

Last year, I hiked the Fellsman alone.  This year, I'll speed-hike it with my teenage son, Matthew.  It's about helping him to visualize a challenge, break it down into manageable parts, and then dig down deep to overcome his worries, and persevere throughout. It snowed there in the last fortnight, and temperatures are predicted to drop below freezing whilst raining this weekend – so there will be plenty of time for introspection.  The ground will be sodden, the winds stiff (though hopefully not the gale force winds we had last year).  Whatever we do, we are stronger when we do it as a team – and that’s what Matthew and I will remind ourselves throughout the 61 miles across hill and dale this weekend. 

Several years ago after a car accident, I had a chance to spend five weeks hobbling around Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.  I listened to many many Marines, some fairly lightly injured, others fighting for their lives, tell me their stories.  They were many varied and all humbling - but nothing could compare with the three Marines, greviously wounded, in the Intensive Care Unit in their individual "pods."  The medical staff thought they were certain to die, but a decision was made to pull all three of them into the center of the ICU where they could see and hear each other.  Within 36 hours, all three had made "remarkable" recoveries to begin their individual pathways to recovery.  When asked afterwards, each said "Once I knew my buddy was okay and had survived, I had something to fight for."

That's what Marines do - we fight to win, survive and take care of each other.  This year I will compete in two ultra events here in England.  One is a rugged terrain, carry all your own kit 61 mile Fellsman hike; the second is to run Hadrian's Wall from west to east 68 miles.  As I have been training for these, everytime my feet hurt or my shoulders and lower back start screaming, I remind myself that I have all my limbs, my eyesight and a bounty of blessings, and that enables me to Keep Moving Forward.  Take a moment to do a web search for those two events and you will get an idea of the challenge - but it is  a great way to remember that we have fellow Marines struggling far harder everyday, in combat and at home, to deal with wounds both visible and invisble.  They need your thoughts, prayers and support - and they need fiscal sustenance as well.  A 25 year old with three combat tours will live, on average, another six decades - so we need to marshal all of our energies and resources to band together.

Please help us give back to our Heroes by making a donation through my page. The process is fast, easy and secure.

Thanks so much for your support... and please don't forget to send this page to any friends you think might be interested in donating!

Jonathan - you know who you are - keep fighting, and never surrender!

Semper Fidelis,

Don

Matthew - let's GET SOME - Dad. 

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All - Thank you for visiting this page dedicated to supporting our Marines and their families as they deal with myriad wounds and challenges. 

Last year, I hiked the Fellsman alone.  This year, I'll speed-hike it with my teenage son, Matthew.  It's about helping him to visualize a challenge, break it down into manageable parts, and then dig down deep to overcome his worries, and persevere throughout. It snowed there in the last fortnight, and temperatures are predicted to drop below freezing whilst raining this weekend – so there will be plenty of time for introspection.  The ground will be sodden, the winds stiff (though hopefully not the gale force winds we had last year).  Whatever we do, we are stronger when we do it as a team – and that’s what Matthew and I will remind ourselves throughout the 61 miles across hill and dale this weekend. 

Several years ago after a car accident, I had a chance to spend five weeks hobbling around Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.  I listened to many many Marines, some fairly lightly injured, others fighting for their lives, tell me their stories.  They were many varied and all humbling - but nothing could compare with the three Marines, greviously wounded, in the Intensive Care Unit in their individual "pods."  The medical staff thought they were certain to die, but a decision was made to pull all three of them into the center of the ICU where they could see and hear each other.  Within 36 hours, all three had made "remarkable" recoveries to begin their individual pathways to recovery.  When asked afterwards, each said "Once I knew my buddy was okay and had survived, I had something to fight for."

That's what Marines do - we fight to win, survive and take care of each other.  This year I will compete in two ultra events here in England.  One is a rugged terrain, carry all your own kit 61 mile Fellsman hike; the second is to run Hadrian's Wall from west to east 68 miles.  As I have been training for these, everytime my feet hurt or my shoulders and lower back start screaming, I remind myself that I have all my limbs, my eyesight and a bounty of blessings, and that enables me to Keep Moving Forward.  Take a moment to do a web search for those two events and you will get an idea of the challenge - but it is  a great way to remember that we have fellow Marines struggling far harder everyday, in combat and at home, to deal with wounds both visible and invisble.  They need your thoughts, prayers and support - and they need fiscal sustenance as well.  A 25 year old with three combat tours will live, on average, another six decades - so we need to marshal all of our energies and resources to band together.

Please help us give back to our Heroes by making a donation through my page. The process is fast, easy and secure.

Thanks so much for your support... and please don't forget to send this page to any friends you think might be interested in donating!

Jonathan - you know who you are - keep fighting, and never surrender!

Semper Fidelis,

Don

Matthew - let's GET SOME - Dad. 

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Brian Keavey
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Brian Keavey donated $10.00
Tanya Murnock
41 day(s) ago
Tanya Murnock donated $100.00
Don Thieme
Don Thieme - Dear Tanya - thanks ever so much. How is life treating you in Turkey? I can only imagine how busy you must be right now. Look at the bright side, there WILL be a job in your future without a Blackberry! I am at Naval War College as Prof now donald.thieme@usnwc.edu S/F, Don
Mar 6, 2014 3:03 pm
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The Campaign:

Semper Fi Fund Community Athletes Campaign

Welcome to the Semper Fi Fund Community Athletes Campaign! "Support Through Sport"

The Organization:

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces. The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs.

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