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Michael Kirby II and 8th Annual Pat's Run

Postby Niner Alpha » Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:54 pm

Got this from Mike about his son:


Hi guys, yup itis that time again. My son Mikeii is runnig again in the Annual Pat's Run. Any help you can give him in his endeavor to meet his goal of $1600.00 for "The Pat Tillman Foundation and the Tillman Military Scholars Program" would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you ahead of time...
Mike


Hello Friends and Family,




Its that time again, 8th Annual Pat's Run! Time to show support for The Pat Tillman Foundation and the Tillman Military Scholars Program. I need your help again this year! Last year we raised $1,050.00 for the program. This year I am setting my goal at $1,600.00! This quote taken from the website sums up why we do this: “To date, 171 Tillman Military Scholars representing 32 states and attending 59 academic institutions nationwide have been awarded over $2.2 million in scholarship support.”




Here is some information about the event:




In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, Pat Tillman selflessly put his successful NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. In 2004, following his death while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, his family and friends created the Pat Tillman Foundation.




Family and friends created the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2004 to honor Pat’s legacy and pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service.




In 2008, understanding the challenges experienced by military families and the increased need for educational resources, the board of directors led by Marie Tillman, refocused its mission: to invest in veterans and military spouses through education and community.




Last year you recall was my first attempt at a running anything like this before. It was also the first time in several years that I have done any kind of running since High School! Training was tough last year. However, this year I am still in running condition. Last week I ran 12 miles (3 miles over 4 days).




Pat’s Run is a great experience. There were over 25,000 folks participating last year. It being my first time, I learned a few things. I will send you subsequent emails sharing with you some of the stories.




Take a look at my fundraising site, I put together a collage of photographs including my Father during his service to our country as well as some books that i ready this year that inspired me.

Here is the site: https://fundraising.active.com/fundrais ... aelKirbyII




Please take a look at these videos that will shed some light on why we are all supporting Tillman Military Scholars program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_l66C3ie-A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3u4WXkz_r0

Operation Red Wing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx-63pfxJjE

Thank you

Michael
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Re: Michael Kirby II and 8th Annual Pat's Run

Postby SgtMike » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:17 am

Update #1

Hello Friends and Family,

Last week I sent my first email about the 2012 8th Annual Pat’s Run. I promised I would follow it up and share a story or two about participating in last years Pat’s Run. These stories that I am sharing are from a letter that I wrote last year. The letter was written to Marie Tillman, Pat Tillman's wife and the founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. So here goes:

“The company that I work for decided that it would pay the entry fee for any employee that signed up for the Run. Because of this I converted my individual registration over to the ProNet Solutions team registration. I believe we had 10 folks participate. On the morning of the run I was excited and ready. I recall showing up early and stretching with members of our team at 6:30am. I started looking around and taking note of the bib numbers of other members of our team and comparing them to mine. My number was 24,635, and other members were in the hundreds and low thousands? I wondered what this meant and what the significance was. I then started walking around looking at the corals and the signs that stated “Walkers”, “Joggers” and “Runners”. I noticed that the “Runners” were in the low hundreds and “Walkers” were in the high thousands! Then it dawned on me that when I registered for the run there was a question about whether you were a runner, jogger or a walker. I must have chosen a “walker” not knowing what the significance was. Wow, did I ever learn that quickly. Here I was getting myself psyched up for my first ever run at 6:30am. I was stretching and getting prepared to start the race! Little did I know, I would not start the race until an hour later because I was in the “Walkers” coral along with all the other folks with a 24 thousand something bib number! The things you learn! Ha ha.”
Well, this year I made sure I registered as a runner! So I will not be the 24,635th person the start the race!!! Should not have anymore rookie lessons learned. ;)

Thank you to all who have contributed to the fundraising efforts so far. I am shooting to raise $1,600.00 for the Tillman Military Scholars Program. So far we are at 16% of the goal. I will send another email next week, with another story.

Take a look at my fundraising site, I put together a collage of photographs including my Father during his service to our country as well as some books that I read this year that inspired me.
Here is the site: https://fundraising.active.com/fundrais ... aelKirbyII

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Re: Michael Kirby II and 8th Annual Pat's Run

Postby SgtMike » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:23 am

Update #2

Hello Friends and Family,

26 more days! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my fundraising efforts for Pat’s Run 2012! So far we have raised $495.00! That is 31% of my goal of $1,600.00. This week I received some good news, I pitched to my employer: If I successfully raise $1,600.00 - will you match it? My employer said “heck yes!”. Very excited about that! So we have 26 more days to make it happen!

Training is going well. If your on Facebook then you can see my progress. Trying to get in three runs each week.

OK. So here is my next story from the letter I wrote to Pat Tillman’s wife, Marie Tillman:

“My next memory of Pat has you (Marie) and my wife in the story and is something that stays with me and is a vivid memory. I cannot remember exactly what year this was, but it was post ASU as Pat was playing for the Cardinals. My wife (don’t remember if we were married yet or not) and I were on our way to have dinner at Mimi’s Cafe. As we were walking up to the entrance I saw you and Pat dining outside on the patio. I thought to myself “holy smokes that’s Pat!”. Once I realized it was Pat I also realized he had already recognized me and was smiling. He gave the “head nod” as to say “what’s up”. I smiled and nodded a “what’s up” back. That was it. End of story. I cannot begin to tell you how cool that was. Here we are, perhaps 3 years (??) after having a class together at ASU and we both recognize each other and both say “whats up”. Not to mention that Pat was well on his way to a successful career with the Cardinals, and he still was the same Pat Tillman to say “whats up” to some guy he had classes with several years before. Such a stand up guy! Now, I do have to share that my poor wife had to hear me ramble on and on over dinner about everything I am telling you now. We still talk about that experience to this day.”

Take a look at my fundraising site, I put together a collage of photographs including my Father during his service to our country as well as some books that I read this year that inspired me.
Here is the site: https://fundraising.active.com/fundrais ... aelKirbyII

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Re: Michael Kirby II and 8th Annual Pat's Run

Postby SgtMike » Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:16 pm

Hello Friends and Family,

19 more days! Thank you to everyone who had contributed! We are at $800.00! 50% of my goal of $1,600.00! Only need to raise $800.00 more and my employer will match my goal! Here is the site to contribute: https://fundraising.active.com/fundrais ... aelKirbyII

OK. So here is my next story from the letter I wrote to Pat Tillman’s wife, Marie Tillman:

“I heard of Pat’s passing on the radio while driving from Arizona to San Diego. I was in the middle of the desert driving on Interstate 8 on my way to see my father at the Veteran Affairs hospital. It was the day the news broke to the press. I remember just feeling very sad. I called my wife to tell her about the news. I thought about all my stories of Pat for hours as I continued across the desert. My father served in Vietnam and as a result of wounds from combat was granted military disability. The reason for my visit to the VA hospital was because that day he was to undergo quadruple bypass surgery. It was a sullen and anxiety filled day. Even though my dad was about to go into surgery, we did have some time to spend together. My dad noticed I was in deep in thought about something. It was a combination of jitters about my Dad about to undergo the most serious of surgery ever and my fear that something could go wrong. As well as my sadness about hearing of Pat’s passing. I recall sharing with my Dad about the news of Pat’s passing. My Dad was already aware of all my stories of Pat. I prayed for my fathers safety during surgery and I prayed that the lord give you and Pat’s family strength during this hard time. My father’s surgery went well.
Take a look at my fundraising site, I put together a collage of photographs including my Father during his service to our country as well as some books that I read this year that inspired me.
Here is the site: https://fundraising.active.com/fundrais ... aelKirbyII

Please take a look at these videos that will shed some light on why we are all supporting Tillman Military Scholars program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_l66C3ie-A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3u4WXkz_r0

Operation Red Wing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx-63pfxJjE

Thank you

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Re: Michael Kirby II and 8th Annual Pat's Run

Postby SgtMike » Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:11 am

Update on my son Mikeii. Just 10 more day...

Mike
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Hello Friends and Family,

10 more days! Thank you to everyone who has contributed! We are at $1,120.00! 70% of my goal of $1,600.00! Only need to raise $480.00 more and my employer will match my goal! That means $3,200.00 to the Tillman Military Scholars! Here is the site to contribute: https://fundraising.active.com/fundrais ... aelKirbyII

OK. So here is my next story from the letter I wrote to Pat Tillman’s wife, Marie Tillman:

“It was not until 2010 that I really began “taking stock” of all my memories of Pat and what they really meant to me. A coworker of mine (Pat Moore) was training for the New York Marathon as part of Team Tillman. Pat was keeping everyone up to date with his training and fundraising through email. Pat had never run a marathon before, and I was inspired by his commitment to take this on but more so his commitment to The Tillman Military Scholars program. His emails contained details about the purpose of the foundation and inspired me. At the same time my wife was training for the Susan G. Komen 3 day for the Cure. She too was raising funds for a noble cause. She was inspiring me as well!

I decided I would read Jon Krakauer”s book Where Men Win Glory. I recall reading all the reviews of the books that were written about Pat. I was apprehensive at first to read a book for fear of learning the details of his passing. I felt it was important to read the book. I enjoyed reading about Pat’s youth, upbringing and family life. From the book I understood more closely the sacrifices he made as well as the sacrifices the two of you made together. I have always known about them, but reading it puts context around the events and they really hit home. While there were many moments I was frustrated about the things I was reading regarding the handling and communication of his passing, I kept focused on the bigger perspective of Pat’s selfless service to something he believed in. The book inspired me tremendously. It inspired me in many different ways. The first was it made me want to do more in the way of “giving back” if you will. It inspired me to think about what it means to serve and to be selfless. Second, it inspired me to be a better man and husband. I read attentively when the author spoke of you and Pat’s relationship. I admired the mutual respect and admiration the two of you shared. A word that comes to my mind is “strength”. I felt you and Pat had a strong relationship, one which could endure anything. After completing the book I began reading more about the Pat Tillman Foundation, Tillman Military Scholars and Pat’s Run. I thought it was amazing what it had become, its purpose, its selflessness and the difference it made in the many soldiers, warriors and families lives. It was at that moment I decided I wanted to participate in The Tillman Military Scholars program and The Pat Tillman Foundation. I immediately signed up for the 7th Annual Pat’s Run.”


Take a look at my fundraising site, I put together a collage of photographs including my Father during his service to our country as well as some books that I read this year that inspired me.
Here is the site: https://fundraising.active.com/fundrais ... aelKirbyII

Please take a look at these videos that will shed some light on why we are all supporting Tillman Military Scholars program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_l66C3ie-A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3u4WXkz_r0

Operation Red Wing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx-63pfxJjE

Thank you

Michael II
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Re: Michael Kirby II and 8th Annual Pat's Run

Postby SgtMike » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:47 am

Hi guys I would like to Thank everyone who helped out. My son has reach his goal. Thank you

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A note from my son Michael Kirby II:
Met my goal of raising $1,600.00 for Tillman Military Scholars! Thank you to everyone for your contributions! Tomorrow is Pat's Run! Will be thinking of all service members who are, have or will serve our country. To you all I say "Thank you for your service"

Date: 4/21/12:
Sitting on the field at Sun Devil stadium. Just completed Pat's Run! 4.2 miles in 42 minutes finishing on the 42 yard line! Heck yeah

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