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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.

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.

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Doctor of Valor: “On Call In Hell”

From treating the traumatic wounds of critically injured Marines on the battlefield during some of the most violent days of the war in Iraq, to selflessly volunteering to put himself in the middle of enemy fire to care for others, American Naval surgeon Richard Jadick is credited with saving the lives of thirty United States military members during the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq in 2004. For his service, he earned the Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor.

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Now, he’ll bring his heroic and patriotic story to Columbia to be the keynote speaker at a Lexington Medical Center Foundation dinner on Wednesday, September 11, an important day in our nation’s history.

The dinner and talk with Richard Jadick, DO, will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street at 7:00 p.m. on September 11. Tickets are $75 per person. All proceeds benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. You can order tickets by calling 791-2540 or visiting LMCFoundation.com.

In 2004, Dr. Jadick, a lieutenant commander in the Navy who had never experienced real war, volunteered to be a doctor with the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment. He shipped out for Iraq five days after the birth of his first child. His service took him to Fallujah, the Iraqi city that was seeing some of the heaviest fighting of the war.

Dr. Jadick’s philosophy was to be as close to the fighting as possible in order to treat wounded service members quickly and increase their chances for survival. He is credited with setting up a makeshift emergency room in the middle of the battlefield by establishing an aid station in the prayer room of an old government building. He treated critically wounded young men with horrible injuries that were at times beyond fathomable. It has been called the worst urban fighting involving Americans since Vietnam. To this day, some of the stories of the men who died bring Dr. Jadick to tears.

Overall, he treated hundreds of wounded Marines and it’s estimated that he helped save 30 lives. Dr. Jadick’s fellow service members say he exemplified courage and bravery like never before in a military doctor. When Dr. Jadick returned home to his family and civilian life, he wrote a book about his experience called “On Call in Hell.”

Importantly, the “Doctor of Valor” event at the convention center on September 11 will also honor first responders and military members.

Table sponsorships are available for $1,000. In addition to corporate sponsorships, sponsors can purchase a table for first responders, military members, police, firefighters and EMS.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation fills important community needs by supporting a variety of hospital and community programs including a cancer care fund, a boutique for breast cancer patients, nursing scholarships, LMC’s doula program, an outdoor garden at Carroll Campbell Place, health care internships, a mobile medical unit, pastoral care and prescription assistance.

For more information on Doctor of Valor or the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, visit LMCFoundation.com.