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Semper Fi Fund: Community Athlete Profile

Injured Veteran Athlete Runs 12for12for1200 to Raise $24,000
In Support of Semper Fi Fund and MARSOC Foundation

WILMINGTON, NC (Jan 2, 2015) – Just over four years after a life-altering medical crisis that forced her to retire from the Marine Corps and almost cost her life, Major Felicia Wilkerson has embarked upon the 12for12for1200, a personal challenge to complete 12 races and run over 1200 miles over the next 12 months. And she’s doing it all to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and the MARSOC Foundation in support of our injured service members and their families.

Felicia’s injuries were not the expected combat wounds, but were the result of a Naval doctor’s error during the delivery of her daughter in 2010. The error severed multiple arteries and caused massive internal bleeding, which went undetected for 18 hours. The subsequent five-day medical crisis saw her resuscitated multiple times, airlifted by military aircraft to a civilian hospital, receiving over 12 bags of blood, four bags of platelets, and three bags of plasma - essentially a full-body blood transfusion - before civilian medical personnel finally stopped the bleeding. She now has severe nerve, muscle and tissue damage to her abdomen, concurrent with undissolved mesh, and lost a portion of her small intestine and colon during additional surgeries.

In 2013, after 26 months of rehabilitation in an attempt to return to flying, Felicia was unable to complete the physical mandates to remain on active duty and was formally medically retired. Not only was she forced to leave the Corps she loved, but doctors also told this passionate runner to forget about ever running again. This was not an option for Felicia and she began the first step of many, on a journey to empower herself, while evoking awareness for others injured on active duty.

Giving back to others has always been an important part of Felicia’s life: “My family crest has a motto that reads ‘non mihi, sed tibi, gloria’ meaning ‘glory to thee, not to me.’ It is a phrase of service and giving, about assisting others to achieve and to succeed,” said Felicia “The 12for12for1200 is a series of races, some short, some long, that I will run both alone and alongside other veterans, to shine a light on the work of these organizations. I want to share the stories of the men and women to whom this assistance is crucial - both in their recoveries and in establishing their new lives.”

In highlighting the way the two foundations assist wounded service members, Maj Wilkerson hopes that her readers will give a donation to either or both organizations so that others may receive the assistance they need to start their new lives.

Felicia will be participating in one distance race per month; she will be running a minimum of 1200 miles as part of her training, incremental to the actual race miles each month, and hopes to raise $12,000 for each foundation over the course of her journey.    

Her next race is the SARR 25K Endurathon Road Race in San Antonio, TX in honor of LtCol Bryan Forney, who was injured in a helicopter crash in February 2013 while deployed in Asia and who is still recovering at the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.  

Felicia is chronicling her continuing recovery, her training, her races, and profiling other injured Marines at: and tweeting at @12for12for1200.

About Semper Fi Fund

Semper Fi Fund, and its program America's Fund, are set up to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, directing urgently needed resources to post 9/11 service members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves. Semper Fi Fund has been working with wounded service members since 2004, offering assistance to lessen the burden for those who need it most. The Semper Fi Fund's streamlined structure keeps overhead very low, 6%; they are also one of three veteran charities to receive an "A+" rating from CharityWatch and a "Four Star" rating from Charity Navigator.

As of June 2014 the Semper Fi Fund has given more than 74,500 grants totaling $93 million+ to over 12,000 service members and their families.

Donations can be made at:

About the MARSOC Foundation

The MARSOC Foundation was established to provide benevolent support to active duty and medically retired MARSOC personnel and their families as well as to the families of MARSOC Marines and Sailors who have lost their lives in service to our Nation. The MARSOC Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, national non-profit charitable foundation.

The Foundation aims to meet needs unmet by the government with an emphasis on building personal and family resiliency and supporting the full reintegration of MARSOC Marines and Sailors following wounds, injuries and extended deployments.

Donations can be made at:

About Major Felicia Wilkerson

Felicia Wilkerson served as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps from 2002-2013, deploying twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She received multiple commendations for her service including the Navy Achievement Medal and a unit Humanitarian Service Medal. Wilkerson received a Master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1997, a BA from Wellesley College in 1993 and graduated from St. Mary’s School (Medford, OR) in 1989. She competed for her schools in cross-country, track and field, basketball, rugby and swimming and diving, as well as racing for adidasTransports and competing as a Masters swimmer in her post-collegiate years. She was a three-time member of the All-Marine Marathon team as well as competing for the Marine Corps in cross-country. She is a single mother of two, ages 4 and 2, and, in addition to this endeavor, she is currently applying to law schools for admission in the fall of 2015.

For more information about Maj Wilkerson’s story, please visit:

Race Schedule
3-4 May 14: 24-Hour Adventure Trail Run, Triangle, VA
8 Jun 14: Heartbreak Hill 1/2 Marathon, Boston, MA
12 Jul 14: 32nd Annual Tri-Span 10K, Wilmington, NC
26 Jul 14: The 6-Hour Endless Summer Run, Annapolis, MD
31 Aug 14: Rock'n'Roll 1/2 Marathon, Virginia Beach, VA
20-21 Sep 14: Yellowstone Teton 50-Mile Race, Teton Valley, ID
26 Oct 14: Marine Corps Marathon, Washington, DC
8-9 Nov 14: Croatan 24-Hour Ultra, Swansboro, NC
6 Dec 14: The North Face Endurance Challenge 1/2 Marathon, San Francisco, CA
24 Jan 15: SARR Endurathon 25K, San Antonio, TX
7 Feb 15: ICY-8 Hour Adventure Trail Run, Lake Anna, VA
22 Mar 15: Wrightsville Beach 1/2 Marathon, Wilmington, NC
Apr 15: Marathon des Sables, Ouarzazate, Morocco (Africa)

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