Saturday, May 5, 2012

Racing for Josh

I am training to race Ironman Florida on November 3’rd to help the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) raise awareness of its work to help families of our fallen military for very personal reasons. I am racing to honor my sibling’s best friend, brother, and hero, Pfc. Joshua Jetton. Josh gave his life in Afghanistan while protecting our freedom on June 20’th, 2011.

We love and miss Josh so much. Each one of our fallen heroes left behind someone that loved them too. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is a non-profit organization that helps all those affected by their loss.

There is no way that I could ever fully give back to the families who have lost a spouse, a father, a mother, a brother, a son, a daughter, or a loved one. All I can do is the best I can to show them that I recognize the sacrifice that was made so that I can live free.

It’s about more than money or a cause. It’s about values. I’m not just racing for military families or TAPS. I’m racing for the strength of my brothers, sisters, mom, all of Josh’s family, and all of the families of our fallen heroes on a daily basis as they tell their story, as they support one another and as they honor their loved ones. Most importantly, it’s the spirit and the self sacrifice of Josh and our fallen that I will race for.

My goal is to raise $1,406 for TAPS. Not a hefty goal, but that is $10 for every mile that I will race (140.6 miles). All donations given through the Ironman Foundation will go to TAPS. Please sponsor me for a mile, or two, or ten... and help me offer hope and give back to the families of our fallen heroes.

To all those that have made a donation, on behalf of Pfc. Joshua Jetton and our fallen heroes, I sincerely thank you.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”
John 15:13

To give: Racing4Josh
To learn more about TAPS:

Toni, Me, Tom, and Josh showing some sibling love :)
We all love and miss him so much. He is a true American hero.
Not the pro athletes and movie stars that so many idolize...
But the men and women who have given their lives for our country.
♥ Always loved. Always missed. Never forgotten. ♥