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Matthew Walton
Asheville Bele Chere 2013 5K
  • My Goal:
  • $5,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $1,125
  • # of Donations:
  • 20
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Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I welcome the opportunity to express my gratitude for all that the Semper Fi foundation does for veterans returning from theater with life changing injuries. I could not be where I am today without the generosity and support  offered by individuals and organizations such as this. There was a radical chain of events which took place for me to be here now.  My pride led two Marines into a compound in southern Afghanistan, a decision which changed the lives of many. Fifteen pounds of homemade explosive is enough to kill one man, maim another and make a more humble man of me. Barely conscious and bleeding I gave all the medical aid I knew how to provide. While I kept my extremities, I was changed forever. I have come a long way since I left the Afghanistan.

 Transitioning back home is when I met the rigors of post combat stress. My life consisted of one doctor's appointment after another and a new prescription with each visit. Overwhelmed by feelings of guilt and shame, I sought solace in isolation. This left loved ones confused and frustrated, powerless to help. Then I met a friend from the the Semper Fi Fund who showed me help was available. This connection inspired me to make changes. I found this organization encouraging and supportive of the efforts I was making to recreate life.

 Now I am a full time student working toward my degree in English. I find healing in the stillness in nature, rowing on Lake Julian, or hiking up the many peaks of WNC; it all encourages my growth. I rebuilt relationships, or in some cases made better ones. These changes are because opportunities were provided by those who cared and wanted to help veterans like myself.  For all their continued efforts, I want to say thank you to the Semper Fi Fund. Please donate generously in memory of all the fallen of foreign wars.  

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Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! I welcome the opportunity to express my gratitude for all that the Semper Fi foundation does for veterans returning from theater with life changing injuries. I could not be where I am today without the generosity and support  offered by individuals and organizations such as this. There was a radical chain of events which took place for me to be here now.  My pride led two Marines into a compound in southern Afghanistan, a decision which changed the lives of many. Fifteen pounds of homemade explosive is enough to kill one man, maim another and make a more humble man of me. Barely conscious and bleeding I gave all the medical aid I knew how to provide. While I kept my extremities, I was changed forever. I have come a long way since I left the Afghanistan.

 Transitioning back home is when I met the rigors of post combat stress. My life consisted of one doctor's appointment after another and a new prescription with each visit. Overwhelmed by feelings of guilt and shame, I sought solace in isolation. This left loved ones confused and frustrated, powerless to help. Then I met a friend from the the Semper Fi Fund who showed me help was available. This connection inspired me to make changes. I found this organization encouraging and supportive of the efforts I was making to recreate life.

 Now I am a full time student working toward my degree in English. I find healing in the stillness in nature, rowing on Lake Julian, or hiking up the many peaks of WNC; it all encourages my growth. I rebuilt relationships, or in some cases made better ones. These changes are because opportunities were provided by those who cared and wanted to help veterans like myself.  For all their continued efforts, I want to say thank you to the Semper Fi Fund. Please donate generously in memory of all the fallen of foreign wars.  

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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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