Archive | August, 2013

Join Us One Week From Tonight!

LMC T2T LogoPlease join Lexington Medical Center, first responders, military members and families of fallen heroes for the first ever Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run and Walk on the evening of Friday, September 6, 2013. This unforgettable, patriotic experience will take place on at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia’s Congaree Vista, as our nation prepares to mark the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Hundreds of Fort Jackson soldiers will run in formation and South Carolina firefighters will run the race while dressed in full fire gear, which weighs 60 pounds. There will also be music provided by the 282nd Army Band from Fort Jackson. It’s the first event of its kind in South Carolina, designed to celebrate and appreciate first responders, who serve, save and sacrifice on our behalf every day.

The event is named in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter and father of five who died on September 11, 2001. That day, Siller was off-duty and on his way to play golf. When he heard what was happening at the World Trade Center, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He was last seen with his brothers of Squad 1 saving lives. Tunnel to Towers is a national program that champions our heroes.

The goal of Tunnel to Towers is to support first responders and military members who have been seriously hurt in the line of duty. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the building of smart homes for quadruple and triple amputee veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s “Building for America’s Bravest” program. In addition, the Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K will provide a fund through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation to help meet the health care needs of South Carolina first responders.

While this race has taken place in cities around the nation including New York City, there is only one Tunnel to Towers run in South Carolina. Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present South Carolina’s race.

South Carolina runners will include New York City firefighters, Fort Jackson soldiers and Midlands first responders. The route begins near the First Responders Remembrance Memorial next to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street. It will travel down Blossom Street, across the Blossom Street Bride, into Cayce, up the Gervais Street Bridge and back to The Vista.

Since September 11, 2001, more than 50 Midlands firefighters, law enforcement members and emergency medical service personnel have given their lives in the line of duty. On September 11, 2001, 417 first responders and one K-9 died in New York and Washington, D.C.

Lexington Medical Center employees are working to honor the 417 first responders and one K-9 who died on 9/11 by having 418 hospital employees walk in their memory.

The registration site is www.t2trun.org. The entry fee is $25. Importantly, businesses and organizations are encouraged to build a team of participants.

You can also sponsor a team for your business or organization, or pay the entry fee for a team of first responders. For more information, call the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at 803-791-2540.

Guest Blog: My Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City

By: Nick Powell, Irmo Fire Department

Lexington Medical Center will present the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run & Walk on Friday, September 6, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia’s Vista. The event honors Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter and father of five who died on September 11, 2001. That day, Siller was off duty and on his way to play golf. When he heard what was happening at the World Trade Center, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He was last seen with his brothers of Squad 1 saving lives. Tunnel to Towers is a national program that champions our heroes. T2T Logo

Last year, I was one of three chosen to go to New York City to run in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K New York race. I was honored to represent South Carolina on what would become the trip of a lifetime.

South Carolina’s historical relationship with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and our close connection with Ladder 101 made the run a unique experience. White Knoll Middle School and the citizens of our community donated a fire truck to Ladder 101 after the company’s truck was lost in the 9/11 attacks.

When we landed in New York for the race in September of 2012, eleven years after the attacks, firefighters from FDNY, Ladder 1, picked us up at the airport. They took us to the fire station in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where we stayed for three nights. The first responders at the firehouse took great care of us; we ate like kings! We toured the Hudson Bay on Marine 6, a FDNY fireboat. Later, we toured the city and other firehouses, and met many firefighters who lost fellow first responders and friends during 9/11.

 

On race day, we were humbled and inspired by our stay in New York and ready to run. The 5K started in front of FDNY Ladder 101. We suited up in full bunker gear and set out with the American flag and the South Carolina flag. The three of us took turns with each flag and ran all the way to the end – never stopping. Running in Stephen’s footsteps, we passed true American heroes who were severely wounded in war. We cheered them on and yelled U.S.A. all the way through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. When we got out of the tunnel, spectators lined the streets cheering us on and waving American flags. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk New York was amazing and it showed me that there are still good people in America; people who don’t forget (9/11)

Help us honor the memory of the fallen. Support first responders and military families and run with us on September 6 at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run and Walk, presented by Lexington Medical Center, right here in Columbia.

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White or Red? Join LMC Foundation for “Wine on the River” This Weekend

This weekend, the Women of Hope, a women’s giving circle that’s part of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, will host “Wine on the River,” a wine tasting that benefits the hospital’s Cancer Care Fund. Learn more in this segment from WLTX. For tickets, visit www.lmcfoundation.com.

WLTX Wine on the River 8 2013 from Lexington Medical Center on Vimeo.