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    Rob Jones Journey

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Joemcl1959 told me he first learned of Rob Jones' journey in Sports Illustrated and was inspired: he wanted to get the word out about it as best he could. 'As he made his way through Maine we contacted friends along the way to at least get out and acknowledge him and his tremendous accomplishment, but they did more. Some brought him food, others opened their houses and still others took him to dinner and put him and his brother up in hotels. As he made his way to southern New Hampshire, we finally had the chance to meet Rob. Through a staff member of the Boston Bruins we were able to bring Rob to a Bruin's homegame, He and Steve stayed the night. In the morning we returned to where we met him in Hudson NH and had the honor of riding with him. At one rest stop we just happened to be near the local fire department and I introduced Rob to the fire chief and from that point on we had a fire or police escort through the next 5 towns. The following day was the best, again we met Rob where he left off from the previous day. This time we had 12 riders prepared to ride escort for him through the next 30 miles, as we proceed, local towns provided fire or police escorts for us. The video I posted is from that day. We also surprised Rob by showing up in Maryland to ride with him through Washington DC.'
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    Help me in support of my friend Rob Jones.
    Rob is a decorated Marine who lost both of his legs above the knee in Afghanistan in 2010 to an explosive while defending our freedom. After his honorable discharge in 2011and much rehabilitation, he decided to learn to row, and competed for a slot in the 2012 Paralympics in London. He brought home a Bronze Medal for the U.S. to add to his Purple Heart.

    Now, he is bicycling across the United States, over 5400 miles, to raise money for Veteran’s Charities and raise awareness. He wants to Pay it Forward. "Its simple really" he said "I am committed to giving back to the organizations that were there for me in my darkest hours."
    He hopes to raise a $1,000,000 for Veteran's Charities. Using his prosthetic legs, he pedals on average 30 miles a day and he is self-funding his journey. Through his websiteRobjonesjourney.com , you can donate to one of three charities directly through a link under the Donations tab:

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    Semper Fi (Always Faithful), - Currently, Semper Fi has a match sponsor supported by the GoDaddy and the ParsonsFoundation. They will match your gift. Your donation would be doubled.

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    The Coalition to Salute America’s Heros

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    Ride2Recovery.

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