Over the past few months, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) Members have been coming together to form a team to run/walk the "Tunnel to Towers Foundation Race" (T2T) in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. In addition to our Members, we have over 35 combat wounded veterans joining us in this race! We would love to have more of our members, volunteers and supporters from across the United States participate in this event as we prepare to launch a nationwide PTSD Awareness Campaign in 2016.
With SDIA members from all disciplines – military, law enforcement, fire & rescue, and EMS – we are more aware than most organizations of the devastating impact Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can have on the life of a veteran or first responder injured in combat or the line of duty. Our members and their families have first-hand knowledge of the difficulties associated with PTSD. SDIA’s team running the Tunnel to Towers race will first and foremost honor Stephen Siller and the military and first responders who gave their lives rescuing others on that fateful September 11, 2001. It will also give us a unique opportunity to share the SDIA story and pre-launch our 2016 PTSD Awareness campaign.
If you are willing and able to join our team in NYC, please contact Lance@SheepDogIA.org for further information. Participants should budget roughly $800 for the trip (inclusive of airfare, room, food, and misc items).
We encourage all our members, volunteers and supporters to participate, whether by running/walking the Race, cheering us on or by making a donation. Donations will be used to offset costs for SDIA to sponsor 35+ combat wounded veterans and first responders injured in the line of duty. Those interested in sponsoring one of these brave men and women or the event itself should contact Lance@SheepDogIA.org.
Photo from meetup.com.
Tunnel to Towers was founded to retrace the final footsteps of 9/11 hero, firefighter Stephen Siller, and support our nation’s first responders and military, all of whom make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty. On September 11, 2001, Siller had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1 in Brooklyn when he heard of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. He immediately returned to Squad 1 to get his gear and drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. The tunnel was already closed, so he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic and ran from the Tunnel to the Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others. This event is part of his legacy. For more information, visit the http://www.tunnel2towers.org.