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"Launch of Freedom's Light Program"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

 



 

 

2010 Freedom’s Light Kickoff Message:

 

Welcome to the first edition of the Freedom’s Light Newsletter! I am Patrick Curran, creator of the Freedom’s Light Program.

 

The purpose of the Freedom’s Light Newsletter is to inspire those around me to regain their sense of innocence, curiosity, and compassion through giving. Our program is designed to connect people with charity organizations that support our military, our first responders, their families, and children impacted by the Global War on Terror.  

 

For those new to all of this, come and visit our website at www.freedomslight.org. One can watch a motivational video, read past journal entries, leave a simple dedication or thank you on our Dedication Wall, and/or leave a small donation to a charity listed on the site. Receipt of the newsletter and use of the site come with no obligations or cost.

 

Thank you for reading. Please join me in supporting America’s best in their time of need!

 

God Bless,

--Pat

 

 

 

 

Remembering the D-Day Invasion:  June 6, 1944

 

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few…”

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill

 

This Sunday commemorates the 66th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.  Although the quote above reflects Winston Churchill’s sentiments after the Battle of Britain in 1940, I think nearly all would agree that it could apply four years later during the Normandy Invasion.  It was on this day in 1944 where many nations came together and launched the largest amphibious assault in history to win back the continent of Europe.  At Normandy, German fortifications stood strong with their guns affixed on the horizon as they awaited the long anticipated Allied attack.

 

I can only guess that on the day before the invasion, all must have felt an inconceivable amount of fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and dread.  From the Allied perspective, the invasion had been postponed several times, the weather was far from ideal, and yet it was clear to General Eisenhower and his team of commanders that failure to act was not an option.  The people of Western Europe were either being suppressed or worse experiencing genocide in concentration camps.  The Russians on the Eastern Front had been making very slow, costly gains through the blood of their serviceman and civilians.  The Americans and British spent years fighting through Sicily and Italy (my grandfather being one of them in the 36th Infantry Division) over mountains and rivers against some of the toughest resistance the Axis powers had to offer.  No, waiting was not an option.  And so, the decision was made, the assault was launched, and many Allies paid the ultimate sacrifice in the air and on the beaches of Normandy in order to gain this initial foot-hold back on to the continent of Europe.

 

It is not a coincidence why I continue to launch my fundraising efforts each year at this time. Inspired by both history and the living examples of family and friends still serving, I have chosen to dedicate myself to fundraising for 4 causes this year: Fisher House, Tuesday’s Children, Wounded Warrior Project, and the USO’s Operation Care Package Program (see the next section of newsletter for details). As I’ve done during the last 2 years, I will be sharing my experiences of training for various races through these newsletters along the way.

 

To be clear, there is no guarantee that I will succeed in this year’s journey.  Like in previous years, I have my own set of fears, doubts, and legitimate physical obstacles to overcome when it comes to preparing for these races. This year’s schedule includes: the NYC Olympic Triathlon on July 18th, the Croton-on-the-Hudson Toughman Triathlon (1/2 Ironman distance) on Sept 12th , and the Marine Corps Marathon on October 31st. Each race will have its own theme for a specific charity organization I will be raising money for.

 

Ambitious plan for fundraising??? Yes, I know. I’ve learned to think big and just go for it. Here’s the trick, though. I’ve also learned that success cannot be measured by how fast I become or how much money I raise. Success comes from facing my fears, following my heart, and exercising my ability to adapt-and-overcome for a greater cause. It is in this space of uncertainty where mind-body-spirit are tested and sharpened.

 

I would like to close this journal entry with a video of a speech provided by Ronald Reagan in 1984, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.  It is also posted on the website. I listen to an audio version of the first 5 paragraphs on my iPod before each long distance run (10 miles or more).  If you can, take a moment to watch it (especially the first 2 min 57 sec).  Personally, it gives me the strength to overcome obstacles and persevere like those before me.  Also, it is a reminder that some causes just cannot be ignored and are simply worth fighting for.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEIqdcHbc8I&feature=channel_page

 

I hope you join me in support of the Freedom’s Light Program. Feel free to pass on this message to those who you think would be interested in supporting this worthy cause or just needs a bit of inspiration.

 

Next update will be in mid June.  Stay in touch…

 

 

 

 

Freedom’s Light 2010 Charities: Make a Difference Today!

 

Before giving, here’s a quick thought. If you are stressed out about donating, then do something very small like writing a dedication at the website or giving your time to some cause that is important to you. Just do something that makes you feel like you part of the larger community of “doers” and not “talkers.” This small but important action often acts as a spark of light in seeing one’s own value.

 

I realize I am breaking some form of rule in fundraising by providing a way to “opt-out” of donating to one of the causes below. Here is why… My principles will not allow me to engage in “arm twisting” or laying out guilt to move people. To me, that’s just plain “Un-American.” Choose to give to something because it actually means something to you. Choose to give because it’s the right thing to do.

 

We don’t do guilt here. We believe in free will and trust in people’s ability to make their own choices given their personal circumstances. As long as you try, you are part of us… It’s just that simple.

 

 


Operation USO Care Package

Hundreds of thousands of military personnel are serving in far-off places defending the liberties we hold so dear - away from their families, friends, and the comforts of home.  In 2003, the USO discovered the changing needs of those thousands of deploying troops.  Understanding the impact that the little things can have and difference they can make, the USO launched Operation USO Care Package providing comforts of home in the form of a care package.  For as little as $25.00 you can send a care package letting a service member know that you care.

 

To learn more visit:  http://www.uso.org/

To send a care package visit: https://www.uso.org/donate/custom.aspx?id=565

 

 

Fisher House

Supporting America's military in their time of need, Fisher House provides "a home away from home" that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time - during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.

 

To learn more visit:  www.fisherhouse.org/

To donate visit: http://www.active.com/donate/FisherHouse2010MCM/2010PCurran


Tuesday's Children

Tuesday's Children is a family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual who was directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.  Our broad range of core programs and services are designed for those that lost a loved one on 9/11 as well as Rescue and Recovery Workers and Responders.  Our successful international program, Project Common Bond, reaches out to young adults around the world and establishes a global community dedicated to working together to heal, collaborate, and educate.

 

To learn more visit:  http://www.tuesdayschildren.org

To donate visit:https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/TuesdaysChildren/OnlineDonation.html. Please remember to put "Freedom's Light" in the comments box.

 

 

Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need.  One night while watching the evening news, veterans and friends were moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq.  They realized something needed to be done for these brave individuals beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades.  They wanted to provide tangibles support for the severely wounded to help them on the road to heal both physically and mentally.  What they viewed as a small contribution compared with what the warriors had sacrificed is now WWP's signature program:  WWP backpacks delivered bedside to wounded warriors.

 

To learn more visit: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

To donate visit:  http://WWPProudSupporter.kintera.org/curran

 

 

Additional Notes: All organizations associated with the Freedom’s Light Website are 501(c) charities. All donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. Every penny an individual donates through the Freedom’s Light website goes directly to the organization.

 

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