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Although headlines are often depressing, positive stories are a reminder of hope and the power of the human spirit. That’s why Crowd It Forward believes in rewarding random acts of kindness with Random Acts of Crowdfunding. Hearing the story about a random act of kindness committed by a young man who proudly wears the uniform of the United States Marine Corps, we wanted to do something to express our support and gratitude to those selfless individuals who keep us safe through their service to our country. You may have seen the photograph or video, or heard the wonderful story, which has gone viral online.
Nine-year-old Boden Fuchs was running in the annual 5k race in Charlevoix, Michigan. Boden had lost his group and was struggling to keep up, but upon seeing another young man wearing military fatigues nearby, young Boden reportedly asked, “Sir, will you please run with me?” Boden got a running partner in the form of Lance Corporal Myles Kerr, 19, an active-duty Marine home on leave. Lance Corporal Kerr let his fellow marines run ahead and instead ran with Boden. Kerr finished the race 5 seconds behind his younger running partner, providing encouragement and ensuring that Boden wouldn’t have to finish the race alone. Kerr then helped reunite Boden with the rest of his family.
“We’re looking for leaders, those individuals who will make the right decisions when no one is watching.” – General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Ductus Exemplo.
Kerr has been surprised by the amount of attention the iconic picture has gotten because, as he Tweeted, “He was just doing what any man would do.” There may have been others who would have acted similarly, but we are still inspired by the photo, and by Lance Corporal Kerr’s random act of kindness. While running with the worried young boy may have been a simple gesture, it also demonstrates the code of honor and respect Marines are trained to live by, and to lead by example even when they’re not in the uniform.
We’re grateful for the service of Lance Corporal Myles Kerr and his fellow Marines, as well as all of the members of the Armed Forces. And because of his inspiration, we have created this Crowd It Forward “Random Act of Crowdfunding” to do some thing special for Lance Corporal Kerr and for other Marines. Your tax-deductible donations will help us fund two things. First, we plan to send Lance Corporal Kerr and a guest of his choice, all expenses paid, to run in a 5K race of his choice, anywhere in the United States, at the time of his choice. We will take care of his airfare and his accommodations, and we will buy him a new pair of running shoes of his choice. Second, we will take all donations above the cost of sending Lance Corporal Kerr to his race, and use the funds for a program we were inspired to create by Kerr’s act of kindness: Shoes For Semper Fi. As long as funds remain, we will purchase a pair of running shoes for every Marine returning home from active duty. It is a small token of our appreciation for their service, and one inspired by the random act of kindness, by a special young man, and a special Marine. Please support this Random Act of Crowdfunding with your tax-deductible donation to Honor Lance Corporal Myles Kerr and his fellow Marines, and to give them a small token of gratitude through this Crowd It Forward project.