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The mission of the Mary Seau Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Foundation is to raise funds that will aid in the investigation of the long-term effects from repetitive head impacts sustained during contact sports, military conflicts or other potentially hazardous environments. www.msctefoundation.org
Kathy Roth-Douquet is an advocate for the role of the military in civil society; she is an author, nonprofit leader, attorney, and former government official. Kathy is the CEO of Blue Star Families, the largest Chapter-based nonprofit organization serving active duty of all branches, Guard and Reserve, wounded, and transitioning veterans and their families. Blue Star Families mission is to strengthen military families and our nation by connecting communities and fostering leadership to millions of people. bluestarfam.org
My life was forever changed when I was catastrophically wounded while on deployment in Iraq. On August 22, 2004 I saw the world for the last time. An improvised explosive devise crushed 45% of my cranium, took both of my eyes and left me with other life-altering injuries. That day my service in the military ended but my service to others continued.
When I woke up in that hospital bed faced with the greatest adversity I had ever encountered I had to make a decision; what kind of life was I going to live. I drew on my Marine Corps training; not just in leadership and character development, but in mission accomplishment as well. I decided to develop a personal vision of what I wanted my life to be and then I started to implement a plan to make that vision a reality. Overcoming adversity is something that I have become good at; not so much by choice as by necessity.
Barbara Allen was just 32 years old when her husband was killed in Iraq at the hands of a fellow soldier. She has since triumphed over tragedy and has written two books, is a national speaker, a co-founder of American Snippets, a veteran’s advocate and supporter of other Gold Star Wives.
Lance was canoeing near his hometown of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas in 1993, when a decision to dive into the river to retrieve his baseball cap resulted in life-changing circumstances. Lance’s head hit a submerged rock, shattering his C5 vertebrae and leaving him paralyzed. In 2011, without having tried any of the sports, Lance signed up for the Marine Corps Trials, competing amongst 200+ Marines to field a 50 man Marine team for the Warrior Games (the military's version of the Paralympics).
After success in multiple Trials & Games he was selected for the emerging shooter program with the USOC. He has completed the Challenged Athletes Foundation Million Dollar Challenge 4 times (a 620-mile bike ride from San Francisco to La Jolla, CA).
John had developed a unique set of skills thru his life, from personal adversity, to military training to traveling the world as an MMA fighter. When the opportunity came available for him to train soldiers for the US Army; John embraced this opportunity with the same passion and dedication that had helped him grow and develop to be the man he is today. John was the first civilian certified by the Army to train soldiers and has direct influence on several of the cutting-edge trainings that all soldiers go thru in the military.
As John was leaving the Army to pursue his bachelors degree he found a new phenomenon to display his inner “scrapper” it was called MMA. This adventure lasted 10 years with 68 professional MMA, boxing and kickboxing matches under his belt and 6 world titles spanning three different continents. Proving Adversity can be overcome time and time again!
he has now found a new adventure in the travel industry. It is a perfect mission for his talents and abilities that have made John successful so far, to come together and help entrepreneurs find success doing business God’s way, by giving back and never asking in return. Thru all his adventures, John has been a “Traveling Warrior”; you will not find anyone better suited to lead you on your next business adventure that provides more time, more freedom and more life. https://johnrenken.com/