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TAPS RUN AND REMEMBER TEAM RUNS TO HONOR OUR FALLEN MILITARY AT THE GREAT ALOHA RUN ON FEBRUARY 18
Surviving Families & Supporters Run to Honor Our Fallen Military, Raise Awareness and Funds for TAPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 15, 2013

HONOLULU  - For a special group of runners participating in the Great Aloha Run on Monday, February 18 (President’s Day) every step is laced with memories and honors those who have paid the ultimate price in service to country.

Many of the runners are family members of our fallen military heroes. The funds raised by the runners will help the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the national organization that has provided comfort and care to more than 35,000 people grieving the deaths of America’s fallen military heroes and caregivers assisting them since 1994.

TAPS Run and Remember Team director, Marie Campbell, of Fort Worth, Texas, will run to remember her husband Air Force Sergeant Dee Campbell, who died in 1996 when a terrorist bomb took the lives of 19 airmen at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. Campbell founded the team in 2000 when she ran the Marine Corps Marathon with another military widow. She organizes hundreds of runners around the nation to run in memory of our fallen military.

James and Elisabeth Olsen, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, will run to remember their son, Army Corporal Toby Olson, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007.

Tia Briggs, of Kapolei, Hawaii, will run to remember her husband, Air Force Staff Sergeant Raymond Briggs, who was hit by a car in 2010. He began his military career in 1993 when he enlisted in the Army. He served deployments in Haiti with the Army and in Iraq with the Air Force. She will be joined on the course by their three children – Chelsea, Mylia and KaiRay.
Carol Kruize, of Honolulu, will run to remember her stepson, Army Specialist Brian Tabada, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011.

Valerie Lacroix will run to remember her husband, Navy Commander Matthew LeCroix, who died from a sudden illness in 2011.

TAPS founder and military widow, Bonnie Carroll, of Arlington, Va., will run to remember her husband, Army Brigadier General Tom Carroll, who died in 1992 when a military plane crashed into a mountain in Alaska while on a routine flight. Carroll undertook two years of research and designed TAPS to fill gaps in care and to help bereaved military families.

Spectators on the course are encouraged to cheer for the TAPS runners, who wear distinctive red, white, and blue running shirts with photos of the fallen service members they run to remember.

Donate to support the TAPS Run & Remember Team in this race at: www.taps.org/Run/2013/Honolulu/

More information about the race is available at www.greataloharun.com 

About the TAPS Run & Remember Team
The TAPS “Run and Remember” team fields teams in dozens of races nationwide year round who run to honor and remember our fallen military while raising support for TAPS. Many of the runners are family members of the fallen and some are community supporters who care. Get more information about upcoming races and team activities at www.taps.org under Support TAPS, Run.

About TAPS
Since its founding in 1994 by bereaved military families, TAPS has helped more than 35,000 grieving military family members and their caregivers. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, connections to community-based care, casualty casework assistance, and a 24/7 resource and information help line for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free resource and information help line at 800.959.TAPS (8277).

Media Contact for TAPS: Ami Neiberger-Miller, office 202.588.8277, ami@taps.org

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