08/28/13 507 W, 1 I - + 4 - 4 Tunnels to Towers 5K Run and Walk in Raleigh on Saturday, September 21

Press release. The Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring first responders and military service personnel, is proud to announce its national Tunnel To Towers 5K Run & Walk series will stop at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on September 21, 2013. Proceeds from the Triangle area run will benefit Building America’s Bravest program and help build two specially-adapted “Smart Homes” in Fayetteville, NC for military members returning home with devastating injuries.

“These technologically advanced homes are designed and built specifically for each wounded veteran’s needs, thus allowing them to live in the freedom they deserve, the same freedom they served and protected for each of us,” said Lisa Bender, Tunnel to Towers Foundation Assistant Regional Director. “Every day, in every community, our first responders serve, save and sacrifice on the behalf of all Triangle citizens; through honoring their heroism, the Tunnel To Towers Triangle event honors our debts to our bravest veterans.”

Stephen Siller, an off-duty FDNY firefighter and father of five, was on his way to play golf with his brothers on September 11, 2001. When he heard what was happening in lower Manhattan on his scanner, he bravely turned his truck towards the terror. After getting stuck in traffic, Siller ran from the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers with 65 pounds of gear. He was last seen helping others escape. The Siller family created the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation to honor Stephen’s legacy and follow in his footsteps by supporting families who lost loved ones on 9/11 and military members who have been seriously injured in the line of duty.

The Tunnel To Towers Run is a living, breathing memorial tribute to the memory of the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, the 343 firefighters, and for all who perished and sacrificed their life on 9/11. The Triangle area run will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, at PNC Arena. Registration is now open and only $25 per adult and $20 per child. Special rates are available for firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS and military personnel. Participants will receive a t-shirt and can receive other awards and prizes with greater pledge contributions. Click to enlarge:

The Tunnel to Towers Runs across the country will benefit the Building for America’s Bravest program, which is committed to building homes for amputees and our most severely wounded service members. Smart Homes are custom designed, on a case-by-case basis, specifically adapted to address each service members’ individual needs. The 5K Run & Walk at PNC Arena will fund two Smart Homes to be built in Fayetteville, NC.

For more information about the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, please visit www.TunnelToTowers.org. To register and for more information about the 5K Run & Walk at PNC Arena, please visit www.t2trun.org. For more information about Building for America’s Bravest, please visit www.ourbravest.org.

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