SEMPER FI FUND
Ray originally raised money for the Semper Fi Fund while training to do the Marine Corps Marathon. Having learned even more about the great work the folks at this worthwhile charity, we’ve decided to partner with them. We now contribute $5 from every job we do.
If you want to contribute to a group that spends the money raised on the people that need it, the Semper Fi Fund is the one. Ninety-four percent (94%) of donations go to Our Warriors and their families.
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, we’ve issued 119,000 grants, totaling more than $133 million in assistance to over 16,800 of our heroes and their families.
Colorado Conservatory of Dance
Why did we give to this unique charity? We like to dance, but that wasn’t the reason. We attended a gathering hosted by the Colorado Conservatory of Dance. We saw their outreach program working with disabled kids. The kids had huge smiles on their faces. We ended up doubling our donation. Okay, it wasn’t huge money, but for a small window gutter cleaning business, it felt good to give what we did.
Josh Jammers Let’s Cure Type 1 Diabetes
Welcome to our Josh’s Jammers JDRF “One Walk” Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
Our team will be taking part in this year’s Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money we raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until no one has to fear developing the disease. Josh wrote this year’s letter entirely himself (proud of him, GREAT job!) Here it is:
Hi friends and family,
My name is Josh. I am 9 years old and I have Type-1 diabetes. Type-1 diabetes is when your beta cells stop working properly and your pancreas stops making insulin. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 5 years old in December 2011. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes I took at least 4 insulin shots every day: 1 shot after breakfast, 1 shot after lunch and 1 after dinner. The 4th shot was before I went to bed, it was called Lantus. It hurt more than the others, but it helped keep my blood glucose from dropping low through the night.
Now I have an insulin pump. An insulin pump is a small device that I put on every 3 days that delivers my insulin. I also wear a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) that monitors my blood sugar levels. Thanks to JDRF and many donations from so many people, scientists have been able to make better treatments so I don’t have to have needles every day.
Every year my friends and family go to the JDRF One Walk in Indianapolis. Our team name is called Josh’s Jammers. Last years we raised over $11,000…this year our goal is to raise more. After the walk each year, everyone goes back to our house for a huge party! We hope that you can walk with us and come to our parties and help us raise lots of money for diabetes research. Together we can all raise a ton of money! My name is Josh Melby and I approve this message. Thank-you!
The walk is Sunday October 2nd at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. We will have our traditional Saturday party (an all day Open House) AND a post-walk party/BBQ at our house on Sunday. Please come join us for the walk and both parties! Also, every dollar you donate helps and is very much appreciated by our family. Please donate as much as you can and come walk with Josh’s Jammers!
Thank you for your generous support!
Chris, Lauren, Charlotte, Brendan and JOSH Melby