Fisher House collects boots for run
HONOLULU — In memory of fallen service members, the Tripler Fisher House, here, is collecting more than 6,500 pairs of boots for the 2012 Fisher House Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll, scheduled Aug. 18.
Each pair of boots will represent a service member who has died since Sept. 11, 2001, and will be displayed with a photo of the service member. The boots will line the path of the run.
Donated boots do not need to be new; in fact, donors are encouraged to include a note with the boots about themselves or the path the boots have traveled.
The Fisher House Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll, is scheduled 7 a.m., Aug. 18, at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island. The event will include a Keiki Fun Run. A military ceremony will also be held to honor the fallen and recognize the Gold Star families and friends left behind.
Following the run, attendees can partake in the museum’s Biggest Little Air Show Family Fun Day, which will feature interactive military static displays, information booths to include the Fisher House, an air show and entertainment. There is no cost to register for the run and shirts will be available for purchase.
The military unit with the most participation will be awarded the “Bronzed Traveling Boots” for this year.
This is the first year the Tripler Fisher House has organized the run, but it plans to make the event an annual occurrence.
The Fisher House Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll is being held to raise awareness of the Fisher House and the importance of supporting military families during a medical crisis or loss. The event and Family Fun Day are open to service members, Department of Defense civilians, families and the general public.
Tripler Army Medical Center is home to two Fisher Houses and provides lodging to service members, retirees and their families from throughout the Pacific region.
• Remembrance Run Boot Collection
Boots need to be collected no later than Aug. 4 and can be dropped off at either Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, or mailed to 317 Krukowski Rd., Honolulu, HI 96819.
Units can their own collection sites and can do so by coordinating with Theresa Johnson, Fisher House manager, at (808) 561-7423, or email@example.com.