Rolling Thunder®, Florida Chapter 11, Inc.
Rolling Thunder , Media/Public Relations
Florida Chapter 11, Inc. P.O. Box 1996
A non-profit organization for (813)310-4952
POW-MIA's and all American veterans President@RollingThunderFL11.com
Rolling Thunder presents $10K to the Paws for Patriots
Program of Southeastern Guide Dogs
30 April 2012
Rolling Thunder, Florida Chapter 11 was pleased to present a $10,000 donation to the Paws for
Patriots program of Southeastern Guide Dogs on Saturday, 21 April 2012. It is called Rolling
Thunder’s Annual Paws for Patriots Ride & Rally. However, Rolling Thunder only sets the table
for the event. It happens because veteran & supporter groups such as the Special Forces
Motorcycle Club and Old Town HOG of Brandon come from across the Tampa Bay region to
Rally at The Lube in Clearwater. They come from the North, South, East and West to support
their visually impaired brothers and sisters. Combine this with the generosity of sponsors; title
sponsor, Allen-Duncan Insurance Agency of Titusville; major sponsor for two years, Fran Haasch
Law Firm and other veteran organizations and businesses, $10,000 was raised for the second
year in a row. Two years, four visually impaired veterans, sponsored for an intensive 26 -day
training session where they regain the independence of sight.
One only needs to meet LtCol Kathy Champion, USA (Ret.), to see our motivation. Kathy, a
member of Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 11, after serving 27 years, including tours in Iraq and
Afghanistan, surviving 7 IED blasts, contracted a virus in Iraq that took her eyesight. Instead of
feeling sorry for herself, Kathy acquired Angel, her guide dog, from Paws for Patriots and has
made it her quest to help other soldiers in need of a service dog.
Or, take the opportunity to talk to another brave warrior, Cpl Mike Jernigan, USMC (Ret.). While
serving in Iraq, his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, causing him to suffer critical injuries,
including loss of both eyes. He survived lengthy rehabilitation, including dozens of surgeries, and
uses his experience to inspire others.
Mike Jernigan and his guide dog, Brittani; along with SEGD Community Outreach Coordinator
Helen Arnold and her guide dog, Troy, accepted the $10,000 check at a sponsor reception held
at The Ride Factory, Ybor City.
Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 11 meets the 4th Saturday of every month at the Brandon
Masonic Lodge, 203 North Moon Ave, Brandon, FL at 10 AM. Information about the organization
and future events can be found at WWW.RollingThunderFL11.com