Keeping My Promise2018 MCM
On 22 May 2017 we heard the words every military family never wants to hear. "we regret to inform you..." and in that moment our lives were changed forever. Our son, SSgt. Jeremy M. Reynolds passed away. The days and weeks that followed were a blur as we had to find a way to try to make sense of what had happened. And at some point I also knew that somehow, some way we as a family would find a way to honor him. Jeremy originally joined the Marines during his senior year in high school , but was discharged due to a knee injury. A few years later he re-enlisted -this time with the Army. He completed basic training and was deployed to Iraq. When he came home I told Jeremy to honor his commitment for going back into the military I would run the Marine Corp Marathon. But life has a way of getting in the way of plans, and it fell into the background . This past October, someone who Jeremy admired and looked up to posted on his Facebook page that he completed the MCM. I thought "wow that's fantastic!" and it was as if Jeremy was right next to me because I heard "Mom you promised!!" For the next two weeks the thought wouldn't get out of my head. So I registered and was lucky enough to secure a spot for this year's marathon on Sunday 28 October in Washington DC. where I will complete 26.2 miles. Jeremy loved being a soldier and had one of the kindest hearts of any person that I know. He would go out of is way to help anybody if it was in his power. So in that spirit I wanted to find a organization that would that would benefit those that have served in the military. I started reaching out to various groups and finally found one that I feel is one of the best ways to honor Jeremy and help military veterans. It is Serenity Stables from Combat to Calm . They have a program that helps veterans with PTSD with the use of equine therapy that supports psychological health and improved quality of life to veterans, service members and their families. My husband and I were able to go to a session recently and it was truly an amazing experience. What we saw was truly life changing. To see the veterans when they arrived and the difference in them when they left was unbelievable, and we left that afternoon with so much more than we gave. Equine therapy is invaluable in helping those with PTSD, and speaking from personal experience, my own horse has been the best therapist for me, especially these past months since we lost Jeremy. The money raised will help Serenity Stables to support their veteran therapeutic programs and operations . We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide. It is my sincerest hope that we help to prevent number 23, and in doing so, Jeremy will be remembered and honored. Thank you so much and please donate whatever you can.+ Read More
On September 2 we were interviewed by Shelli Sonstein on Q104.3 FM to share our story,as well as the program at Serenity Stables. If you do a search with the words Sonstein Sessons I believe it will take you to it and you should be able to listen. It's on the iheartRadio network. Once again thank you for your support and please share this and donate whatever you can . Onward!
Today I ran a 5K to get the feel of what it would be like running in a race atmosphere. The MCM requires you to maintain a 14 minute mile, so I set a goal for myself of 39 minutes . I am happy to report I completed the run in 37:45. I felt good at the end, and it has done alot for my confidence- the saying on the T shirt for this year's MCM says Must Do, Can Do , Will Do, and I feel those words in my heart Thanks again to all of you for your donations and support. Without you, none of this would be happening. Onward!!
Training continues to go well-I continue to be so touched by the support we have received. I wanted to share this - this picture was taken the day we visited Serenity Stables and spent the afternoon with the veterans. It truly was such an honor to meet all of them. Onward!!
The response to this fundraiser so far has been fantastic . We still have a way to go, and I am feeling positive our goal will be reached and hopefully surpassed. On a personal note, knowing that Jeremy is being honored and our veterans are being remembered by you means more to me than I will ever be able to express. And to the soldiers from Jeremy's unit--this is for you also. You are all in my heart and with me as I run. Onward!