USO Wounded Warrior Project
Some of you have been asking for a flyer for the Wounded Warrior Care Package Program. Here you go!
Spread the word. We have a tall order to beat our PTA's production of over 20 boxes! Don't forget the cards for our wounded warriors.
In addition to Mike’s professional work and his work through the PTA, Mike has given back to the community in other ways. Since June 2006, Mike has participated in and completed 7 marathons (26.2 miles) for charity. Mike did not even begin running any distances until after the age of 40. The charities benefitting from the efforts include T.A.P.S (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a U.S. based charity for families of wounded warriors who have died), Semper Fi Fund, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Royal British Legion, Childhood First. Mike has run the New York City Marathon 3 times, The Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C., the Edinburgh Marathon twice and the Palm Beach Marathon. All three of the New York City Marathons, including one received entry on the lottery, were run for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Mike’s brother, Richard Ryan, is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and serves in the U.S. Navy in the rank of Commander. In Late 2007, Rick was injured in the Middle East. While Rick was being treated in multiple hospital facilities in the Middle East, Mike learned about Landstuhl Medical Center, in Landstuhl Germany. Landstuhl is one of the largest U.S. Military facilities in the world and is a primary receiving medical center for those wounded in the Middle East. After hearing about the needs of the medical staff and soldiers, Mike organized through Sawgrass Elementary a “Wounded Warrior” project, to gather needed goods and supplies to make their duty and convalescence at Landstuhl a little more tolerable. The PTA gathered over 20 boxes of supplies and goods, and hundreds of cards from the students. Mike personally paid for the shipping costs of all the boxes so the gifts could be received for the holidays.
Later, Rick would be flown on Military Transport to Landstuhl to undergo extensive and emergency medical procedures to save his leg. Mike and his son flew to Landstuhl in April 2008 to visit his brother and to volunteer at the U.S.O. facility. Mike and his son saw first hand the sacrifice of those serving in the Middle East, including that of coalition forces, and those serving at Landstuhl.
In November 2009, Mike and is brother met up in New York City to participate in the New York City Marathon. Rick completed the marathon in a hand-crank wheelchair and Mike broke his four hour goal. After the marathon, Rick began organizing a charitable event called “Ride for Remembrance”. The idea was for Rick to complete the route of southern most tip of England to the northern tip of Scotland in a hand-crank wheelchair. Wanting to be by his brother’s side, Mike bought a bike two weeks before the event and then traveled to meet the team in England in August 2008. Together, Rick and Mike covered a grueling 902 miles in 8 days and 10 hours, all to benefit military and physically-challenged charities. Along the way, they raised money and brought attention to the service of not only our current wounded warriors, but those who have served our country in the past and those who face daily physical challenges.
Rick, on the right and after extensive rehab, and Harry, a U.K. Soldier permanently injured in service to his country.
Mike and Rick, along with veterans from the U.K., at the start of their grueling cross-country event.