It's a beautiful day here in Del Mar. The sun is shining outside, I'm rocking out to some great tunes, and I'm quickly making my way through a project. What could go wrong? The answer is... absolutely nothing. It's more a question of what has just gone amazingly right.
Action 383 - Cry At The Office. Why? Because I just received an email informing me that I have now met my fund-raising goal of $1,775 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. More amazing is the fact that I reached it when a single person donated $650. And he donated that in the name of his father, former Active Duty Marine Norman Husk.
This Marine left us in December, and his son has chosen my run and this charity as a way to honor his Father's service to his beloved Corps and this nation. And I am so grateful, not only for the donation which enabled me to meet my goal, but also for the opportunity to be part of a tribute to another Marine.
Thus, the tears at the office. Thinking about everyone who donated to this amazing cause... thinking about the difference every single dollar makes to the Marines in need... and thinking about each of those people, givers and receivers, running the marathon with me in spirit. And thinking about the long, long line of proud Marines and my honor at being one link in that chain.
It's a lot to take in all at once. But I am clear on one thing. I will run the Pasadena Marathon proudly sporting my Semper Fi Fund tech shirt, honoring Marines past and thinking of Marines still with me today. I consider each of you my Brothers and Sisters and am humbled by your service and sacrifices.
Semper Fi, indeed.