Dr. Jaimee DeMone will be running the 2017 Boston Marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund, a remarkable and highly rated nonprofit that provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. After meeting a group of Veteran Adaptive Athletes (single leg amputees) at the start of the 2016 Boston Marathon, Jaimee was inspired to run the Marine Corps Marathon in support of SFF and has been incredibly moved by the important work that this organization does.
“…following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the SFF came to the immediate aid and bedside of many of the survivors. The organization matched the survivors, injury to injury, with Veterans who had been through similar explosive-related amputations. With a particularly unique perspective, these Veterans came to Boston to provide support and encouragement and became crucial mentors. Many of the Boston survivors have stated that this support has been one of the most important aspects of their recovery. As a result, a very special bond emerged between the SFF and the Boston survivors, who have united in a community called ‘415 Strong’. It has been a tremendous honor and inspiration to train with several members of this strong and resilient family and I am excited to join them all on race day!”
This year’s Boston Marathon will feature a very special guest runner, Kathrine Switzer. Fifty years ago, Switzer was the first registered female runner in the Boston Marathon. Registered as, “KV” – Switzer thwarted race officials’ attempts to remove her from the race. Jaimee was honored to meet Kathrine during her appearance at Hopkinton Town Hall recently and is included in this Metro West Daily article.
We all wish Jaimee the very best in her second Boston Marathon. Please consider making a donation to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.