NORTHEAST REGIONAL TEAM
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team is the backbone of
GIVE 2 THOSE.org
Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
~ Founder ~
On April 15, 2013 the city of Boston came under attack when the vicious bombings occurred at the Boston Marathon finish line. Military men and women, many of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, who were taking part in the marathon sprung into action to aid the wounded. They were seeing the carnage of war on the home front. Since that day Heather has rededicated her life to raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and honoring the sacrifices of Gold Star Families, while giving thanks to those currently serving, our Veterans and First Responders.
Heather's deep faith has led her to her mission to honor the fallen, thank the living and never forget the families left behind. Heather's journey and through social media connection has brought me into contact in person and online with families of the fallen, veterans and military families across the country. Through these efforts, I have been able to directly help military families in crisis and help countless veterans struggling with the hidden wounds of war.
One night in 2015, I woke up from a sound sleep and saw the vision uniting runners, ruckers/ walkers, cyclists and motorcycles together, where the focus of event is to honor and remember the October 7th, 2001 deployment of our military men and women, those we have lost at war including those who lost their lives due to military PTSD and the Invisible Wounds of War, continue to support those currently serving, including our veterans, first responders and to never forget those who perished on 9/11.
Her mission – to carry the fallen, thank the living and never forget the families left behind – makes an impact beyond the finish line. We remain a nation at war and Heather, through her volunteerism, commitment and fortitude makes it her mission to make sure our Nation never forgets.
David is an Air Force Combat Veteran. David has continued his service after he got out of the military by becoming a Firefighter. He is passionate about honoring and remembering his fellow brothers and raising awareness about military suicide. He first got involved in Stride & Ride when introduced to Heather in 2016 by a friend when they were both on a mission of doing 22 push-up to raise awareness about military PTSD Suicide. When Heather explained to him about the relay, honoring and remembering not only the lives lost on 9/11 but to raise awareness, honor and remember his fellow brothers deployment into Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. David was 100% on board and wanted to be fully involved and soon became the Co-Founder of Stride & Ride. His visions and ideas together have helped shape and create this amazing relay event.
Air Force Combat Veteran
~ GOLD STAR MOTHER ~
SGT. MATTHEW PATTON
Lynn Patton, who along with her husband John, are the proud parents of SGT Matthew Scott Patton, who served five years in the Army with one in Afghanistan. On 9/11, I was on the phone with a friend whose father worked in one of the Towers and she was scared (thankfully he is alive) and Matthew simultaneously was watching everything unfold at school. I know it affected him because he read many books about 9/11. We took him to the site that would normally be a very loud and busy place on Manhattan, but not that day. It was solemnly quiet and he was transfixed. All we could hear was the machinery still clearing the site. There were still pictures of missing loved ones pinned on a wall and buildings were covered with netting to protect against further debris. Recently, one of Matthew’s friends told me he felt a calling to join the Army, I believe it part because of 9/11. I was scared because he had a significant mental health history, but he joined knowing he was going to war, so how could I not be proud. Twelve years later on May 13, 2013, we became victims of 9/11 when our world crashed after getting the news our son had killed himself, just four months before his terminal leave. I fight military suicide everyday through the Matthew Patton Foundation, but the opportunity that Heather is giving me to become part of the tactical team is beyond an honor for me because it touches me deep within my soul. I know I will feel many different emotions during this experience, but I expect inspiration will shine through the brightest. Thank you Heather and David.
~ NAVY MOTHER ~
MOTORCYCLE / SAFTY
Hello my name is Charlene. My son Cody was only 6 when the tragedy of 911 occurred. Now 16 yrs. later I am proud to say that I am a Blue Star Mom and the 9/11 effect was a major contributing factor in my son’s joining in the U.S. Navy to be part of keeping our nation strong. He just returned December 24th from a six-month deployment on the U.S.S. WASP. I may not be in a position to be on the front lines as my son could be, but I am deeply honored to be part of the Stride and Ride Relay, as my one small way of showing my support and honor of all our men and women that have fought, lost lives and still continue to fight to keep our nation strong. Let’s continue to fight to help end 22. I am honored to be asked by Heather to be part of the Tactical Team. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!!!
With us since our founding, Billy Fisher is one of our veteran team members. Billy bring their years of running experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed. Billy helps support and guide the strategy for all running stages. Oversees running groups who would like to get involved in Stride & Ride Inc. and is the acting as point-of-contact.
Margret has been with us since our founding. She brings years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.
COORDINATOR & DIRECTOR
VFW, AMERICAN LEGIONS,
AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS
HYDE PARK, MA
Nicknamed during the 2018 relay as "Moto Joe" he brought a level of leadership to the forefront riding over 1,000 miles through all weather conditions day and night to complete the mission in honor of his fellow brothers and sisters. Not only is Joe a Tactical Team Member but he has taken the lead on being the Operations Director of the Motorcycle Stages during Stride & Ride Relay. Joe is Experienced, trustworthy, fun and brings new ideas to the forefront.