Cross-Country ‘Ride for Heroes’ comes to Socorro Tuesday
A team of four recumbent trike riders are peddling from Florida to California between June 10 and Aug. 10, 2012, to raise money for, and awareness of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (www.semperfifund.org). The route passing through mostly small-town America will take the group through Socorro on Tuesday, July 17.
They departed from St. Augustine, Fla. and have traveled along the Gulf Coast, across the plains and deserts of Texas and New Mexico. They will ride through Arizona and California, ending with an arrival celebration at Marine Base Camp Pendleton’s Del Mar Beach on Aug. 10.
The ride team consists of two business owners, an assistant professor of National Security Studies at the National Defense University, and a recently medically retired Marine headed to college in the fall – three generations, in all. They ride in support of the sacrifices young Americans make to this nation every day to secure our homes.
Steven Montoya, president of the Socorro Striders and Riders, a local swimming, biking and running club, said club members will be meeting the Ride for Heroes group as it comes into town.
Since its inception in 2004, the nonprofit Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund has made over $62 million in grants to thousands of injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. They direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard serving in support of Marine forces.
Battlefield injuries are often severe, and the road to recovery can be long and financially burdensome. The Semper Fi Fund provides both immediate financial relief for needs arising during hospitalization, and continuing assistance for perpetuating needs throughout the full recovery process. Advancements in battlefield medical treatments have saved many more lives than in past conflicts, but the increased levels of severe trauma guarantee a need for assistance long into the future. The Semper Fi Fund has been recognized with the highest ratings of both the American Institute of Philanthropy and Charity Navigator, with 95 percent of donations going directly to grants.
To donate, go to www.rideforheroes.stayclassy.org and follow the ride at www.facebook.com/semperfi.rideforheroes.