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Nic Doucette
Kayaking the Mississippi River: Source to Sea for Injured Veterans
  • My Goal:
  • $25,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $13,165
  • # of Donations:
  • 141
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On November 26th, 2010, I was about a month and a half into my first deployment to Afghanistan in support of a mission to clear routes of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s). That afternoon, two of our Marines, Sgt. Gabriel Martinez and Cpl. Justin Gaertner, stepped on pressure-plate activated IED’s which resulted in both of them suffering the loss of their legs.  Since their incident both have made very speedy recoveries and have received the support they deserve from several generous charities.  The Semper Fi Fund (www.SemperFiFund.org) assisted both of these Marines when they needed it the most. This is why I have chosen to support this specific organization for my journey down the Mississippi River. 

I plan to fundraise for the Semper Fi Fund during my training and participation in a kayak trip from the source of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.  My adventure will begin on May 31st, 2014 from Lake Itasca, MN (Source of the Mississippi River) and end approximately 2 1/2 months later at the Gulf of Mexico.  I began planning this trip in May 2013 and have made considerable progress in preparing for my trip this upcoming summer.  I hope to make a difference in a military member’s life and I need your help.  Your donations will go towards providing better support, helping defray the expenses incurred during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery; assist with the expenses associated with the purchase of specialized equipment, adaptive vehicles and home modifications.

The Semper Fi Fund (www.SemperFiFund.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps America's true heroes recovering from catastrophic injury.  They have been awarded the highest ratings from Watch Dog groups: A+ from Charity Watch for the second year, and they are one of only three veteran nonprofits to receive this rating the last two reports.  They’ve also received 4 stars (their highest rating) from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years.  They also maintain an extremely low overhead - 6% so more money goes directly to support injured service members and their families.  Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, they've issued more than 67,000 grants, totaling more than $85 million in assistance to over 11,000 of our heroes and their families.  If you have the time please check out this link to see how Semper Fi Fund was there for Sgt. Gabriel Martinez and his family from the beginning. (http://semperfifund.org/hero-stories/hero-story-corporal-gabriel-martinez-usmc/) Three years later, they are still actively involved with his family

Thank you for helping to support this great cause.  Your donation will be helping me give back to our heroes who have given so much. Please visit my personal website www.MississippiRiver2014.weebly.com for more information and updates as I begin my trip. If you know of anybody else who might want to donate I would be extremely grateful if you please forward this link on to them or add this link to your Facebook page. The process is fast, easy and secure. No donation is too small!

Semper Fidelis,

Nic Doucette

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The Cause
Nic Doucette is fundraising for Events and Fundraisers benefiting Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

On November 26th, 2010, I was about a month and a half into my first deployment to Afghanistan in support of a mission to clear routes of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s). That afternoon, two of our Marines, Sgt. Gabriel Martinez and Cpl. Justin Gaertner, stepped on pressure-plate activated IED’s which resulted in both of them suffering the loss of their legs.  Since their incident both have made very speedy recoveries and have received the support they deserve from several generous charities.  The Semper Fi Fund (www.SemperFiFund.org) assisted both of these Marines when they needed it the most. This is why I have chosen to support this specific organization for my journey down the Mississippi River. 

I plan to fundraise for the Semper Fi Fund during my training and participation in a kayak trip from the source of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.  My adventure will begin on May 31st, 2014 from Lake Itasca, MN (Source of the Mississippi River) and end approximately 2 1/2 months later at the Gulf of Mexico.  I began planning this trip in May 2013 and have made considerable progress in preparing for my trip this upcoming summer.  I hope to make a difference in a military member’s life and I need your help.  Your donations will go towards providing better support, helping defray the expenses incurred during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery; assist with the expenses associated with the purchase of specialized equipment, adaptive vehicles and home modifications.

The Semper Fi Fund (www.SemperFiFund.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps America's true heroes recovering from catastrophic injury.  They have been awarded the highest ratings from Watch Dog groups: A+ from Charity Watch for the second year, and they are one of only three veteran nonprofits to receive this rating the last two reports.  They’ve also received 4 stars (their highest rating) from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years.  They also maintain an extremely low overhead - 6% so more money goes directly to support injured service members and their families.  Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, they've issued more than 67,000 grants, totaling more than $85 million in assistance to over 11,000 of our heroes and their families.  If you have the time please check out this link to see how Semper Fi Fund was there for Sgt. Gabriel Martinez and his family from the beginning. (http://semperfifund.org/hero-stories/hero-story-corporal-gabriel-martinez-usmc/) Three years later, they are still actively involved with his family

Thank you for helping to support this great cause.  Your donation will be helping me give back to our heroes who have given so much. Please visit my personal website www.MississippiRiver2014.weebly.com for more information and updates as I begin my trip. If you know of anybody else who might want to donate I would be extremely grateful if you please forward this link on to them or add this link to your Facebook page. The process is fast, easy and secure. No donation is too small!

Semper Fidelis,

Nic Doucette

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Jacqueline Eyler
2 day(s) ago
Jacqueline Eyler
"You are paddling down my favorite river and you are a Marine! My brother is a Marine, and my husband and I are USN(RET). Paddle on!!"
donated $50
13 day(s) ago
$100.00 has been donated
Kenneth White
13 day(s) ago
Kenneth White
"I work with Veterans in the Real Estate market in Texas (Houston and surrounding areas). I believe that we have a duty to help the Veterans that have put their lives on the line to allow us to live as free men and women. Thank you all!"
donated $100.00 in memory of Scott Larson
Danielle Dufault
16 day(s) ago
Danielle Dufault
"Thank-you for your service, I'm proud of all of you! God Bless you!"
donated $40.00
Susan Ruffcorn
17 day(s) ago
Susan Ruffcorn
"My son is a Marine. Good luck on your journey and fundraising -- Safe Travels."
donated $50.00
Donna Kimbell
21 day(s) ago
Donna Kimbell
"Hello and Semper Fi! In honor of my son-in-law and grandson , both active duty, and to help the cause of SFF for which my daughter, Selena O'Brien, works/ volunteers in Cali (Mrs. Lt. Col. W E O'Brien) ...hoping to catch you on the Mississippi River in Davenport , Iowa or across to my side in Illinois in the next two days to cheer you on. Happy canoeing for a great cause!"
donated $100.00 in honor of
Elizabeth Ciancarelli
21 day(s) ago
Elizabeth Ciancarelli donated $40.00
Lindsay Pritchard
21 day(s) ago
Lindsay Pritchard donated $50.00
Kurt/Jacky Lueker
23 day(s) ago
Kurt/Jacky Lueker
"My Dad, Jimmy C. Thomson Sr, was a Marine. Served in WWII in the South Pacific theater - Palau, Iwo Jima, Okinawa Ect. Just met your parents at my home on Saturday 6/26 and found out my husband Kurt and your dad went to HS together. I also work for UW Whitewater in financial aid. Love the pictures! Hope the weather is great from here on in. Keep the faith."
donated $50.00 in memory of Jimmy C Thomson Sr
Jeffrey Hamann
24 day(s) ago
Jeffrey Hamann donated $100.00
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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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