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My son Mikeii is in training to run the 7th Annual Pat's Ru

Postby SgtMike » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:59 am

Hi guys, I thought I'd send this along. My son Mikeii is in training to run the 7th Annual Pat's Run on April 16, 2011 in Tempe Arizona. He is asking for our support. It is a GREAT cause and I too ask you to support Mikeii. Let's help to make it an outstanding day for everyone. http://www.active.com/donate/PatsRun11/MKirbyii
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Re: My son Mikeii is in training to run the 7th Annual Pat's

Postby SgtMike » Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:15 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

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Re: My son Mikeii is in training to run the 7th Annual Pat's

Postby SgtMike » Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:12 am

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

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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: My son Mikeii is in training to run the 7th Annual Pat's

Postby SgtMike » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:35 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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Re: My son Mikeii is in training to run the 7th Annual Pat's

Postby Niner Alpha » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:29 am

That's great Mike. That project I know has meant, and continues to mean, a lot to your son and a lot of other people. It's good to know he met his goal.
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Re: My son Mikeii is in training to run the 7th Annual Pat's

Postby SgtMike » Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:23 pm

Mikeii just sent me the final tally. Because my son met his goal his Company matched the funds. Here is what Mikeii sent;
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Thank you again to everyone for helping me raise $3,200.00 for the Tillman Military Scholars Program. You all made it an incredible experience. Take a look at the 2012 Team Tillman Pat's Run page:
http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/team-tillman/team-tillman-pats-run/team-tillman-pats-run-2012/

Team Tillman Pat’s Run 2012 | Pat Tillman Foundation
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