BP Memorial Fund Recipients
Joe Beimfohr Returns to Washington, D.C. for the Marine Corps Marathon
Joe Beimfohr was under the weather much of this past week, but a severe cold did not dampen his spirit as the double-amputee handcycler competed in his 25th marathon. Beimfohr finished this past Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon in 2 hours 4 minutes and 49 seconds.
“That’s the slowest I’ve gone in like five years,” said Beimfohr, who was injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2005 and spent one year recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. “But being sick, I couldn’t go as fast as I wanted to.”
Beimfohr’s schedule last week was limited because of the illness. While he participated in an exhibition in Gettysburg, Pa., and raced in the Army Ten Miler the previous weekend, he had to pass up planned rides on the C&O Canal and Washington & Old Dominion trails, as well as a trip to Baltimore.
Still, he had a great time during his one and a half weeks in the Washington area, with his lodging arranged by the DC Touchdown Club and Bill Phillips Memorial Fund, with assistance from the generosity of Marriott. He stayed at the Renaissance Capital View in Arlington.
“It was very nice,” Beimfohr said. “It was a good week. I don’t get back to D.C. often, so I would have liked to take more advantage of it while I was there. But you can’t control when you get sick. … At least I was able to suck it up and finish.”
Lance Cpl. Timothy Donnelly- Double amputee Lance Cpl. Timothy Donnelly was granted $5,000 from the fund at the 2012 Medal of Honor reception. He also attended the 2012 Military Bowl with his family.
CW2 Jonathan Holsey- CW2 Jonathan Holsey was the first amputee to be accepted into the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School. The Fund assisted with costs for CW2 Holsey’s trip to Washington, D.C. to run in the 2012 Army Ten Miler.
SFC Garie Price- SFC Garie Price has courageously battled ALS. The fund assisted in arranging a trip to D.C. for the Army SFC, his mother and son, to attend the 2012 Redskins vs. Cowboys game. This included hotel arrangements, field passes and a luncheon with RG3’s mother.
SPC(R) Robert Murafsky- A check for $5,000 from the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund and a signed helmet from Minnesota Viking Jared Allen were presented to SPC(R) Robert Murafsky. He lost his right eye when he was shot while on duty in Iraq in 2006; today he works as a security specialist at the Pentagon and is very involved in helping other wounded warriors.
Staff Sergeant Paul Roberts- Staff Sergeant Paul Roberts, who suffered serious burns on the back of his legs while serving in Iraq was presented with a lawn tractor.
Master Sergeant Sharlinda Warner- Master Sergeant Sharlinda Warner, who developed auto-immune disease and lupus while serving in Iraq, was given a treadmill. This will allow her to exercise without leaving her home.