Purple Heart Homes is a Veteran Owned and Operated 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization founded in 2008 by Dale Beatty, and John Gallina. Both joined the North Carolina National Guard in 1996 and both were severely wounded in Bayji, Iraq on November 15, 2004. During their years of service to our nation both Beatty and Gallina responded not only to calls from the governor of North Carolina to help victims of Hurricane Fran and Hurricane Floyd but ultimately a call from the President of the United States to defend our country against terrorism by serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Their journey together is one of friendship, service, courage and leadership. Their shared experiences have created a strong sense of community and have instilled in them a humanitarian spirit to give back and make a difference in the lives of Service Connected Disabled Veterans.
Currently the Purple Heart Homes organization is made up of volunteers and professionals from all walks of life that share a common belief and a common desire to give back to those who have given so much for their country.
Purple Heart Homes, Inc. is dedicated to providing personalized housing solutions for Service Connected Disabled Veterans and their families that are substantial in function, design and quality - homes that are fit to welcome home, and thank, the fighting men and women of America. “As they have aged, injuries experienced fighting for our country have made it especially difficult for older veterans to climb steps without pain, or if bound to a wheelchair difficult to navigate narrow doors and hallways in their older homes.”
It is Purple Heart Homes honor to assist all veterans who have covered our backs and been tragically wounded while fighting for our nations freedom. Get Involved at PurpleHeartHomesUSA.org.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative oj the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length.
Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.
Anyone can participate in Relay For Life. Friends, families, neighbors, classmates, sports teams, etc., can form their own teams. No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay.
Everyone's reason to Relay is as unique as their own personal story. At Relay, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime.