Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tri-Life: Team Salute- Charity Spotlight

Always love featuring charities especially when my friends are involved in them. Team Salute is an organization that "passionately pursues meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. We strive to raise awareness of their sacrifices and provide a safety net to ensure every military family is treated with honor and dignity." 

You can read and watch more about their history HERE

This year, Chicago Chapters Team Salute Running for Rocky!  

Rocky Loera - Husband, father, triathlete and officer in the US Marine Corps. He has served honorably and survived four deployments in Iraq/Afghanistan. Upon his return Rocky worked enthusiastically as a Marine Recruiter stationed in Chicago. On January 29th, 2013 he was leading his platoon of recruits on a training run.  After safely guiding them across the street he was struck by a car that ran a red light. While the recruits were all safe, Rocky suffered a traumatic brain injury. He has endured at least 14 surgical procedures including craniotomies, bilateral cranioplasty, and implantation/removal of various shunts, drains and tubes.  His surgeons say that his very survival is a miracle.  After a year at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Loyola, Rocky has returned home where he continues his recovery.
While Rocky bravely fights to recover, his wife Brenda carries the huge responsibility of acting as his primary caregiver and mother to their 9 and 11 year-old sons. Although the military covers the majority of Rocky’s medical care there are many family and personal needs and expenses which need to be met. SALUTE, INC has “adopted “ the Loera family and will be helping to meet their needs. Please be generous as this year we “RUN for ROCKY”.

Specifically, the team plans to do the following races and if any Chicagoans are looking to support Rocky while also participate in well priced races, check these out:

Twin Lakes Triathlon on June 29 (Palatine)

Ride 2 Recovery on June 8th (Skokie)
GWB is active in Ride2Recovery Races

Even if you just want to learn more, sign up for these races and stop by their tents or talk to the team.  Joe Emmons is working on growing the triathlon side of the Chicago Chapter.  Be part of the movement! Team Salute also is an official charity of the Chicago Triathlon, contact them if you are interested in being part of the team!

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