DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A Bucks County organization that helps wounded veterans and their families is getting a $250,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation to take their “9/11 Heroes Run” nationwide this year.
The Travis Manion Foundation is teaming up with GM and Chevrolet to bring this year’s 5K runs to more than two dozen cities across the country to honor military, police, firefighters, and first responders killed in the line of duty.
The organization is named for Doylestown’s Travis Manion, a US Marine who was killed in Iraq four years ago.
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says the company is proud to help support these races, which benefit surviving family members.
“Travis Manion and I share a common touchpoint in life,” he notes. “We are both graduates of the United States Naval Academy. And GM has a longstanding commitment to the men and women who serve our great country.”
More than one thousand volunteers will donate more than five thousand hours this year to help make the races a success in 25 US cities, on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
For more information, go to 911heroesrun.com.
Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060