Thank You All Who Attended Jimmy’s Run 2022

Thank You All Who attended Jimmy's run 2022

On September 11, 2022, Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund hosted Jimmy’s Run and Gold Star Memorial in Munsey Park, Manhasset. We had the privilege of hosting 15+ Rangers from the 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment to attend this special day. In addition, there were over 500 people in attendance. Those who participated in Jimmy’s Run/Walk had the honor to stroll through Jimmy’s hometown of Manhasset where they were guided down memory lane. They passed the home Jimmy grew up in, the elementary school he attended and the field that was named in his honor. Participants also had the opportunity to partake in other activities after the run concluded. There were several family fun activities in the parking lot such as, face painting, live entertainment from the Meade brothers, food and more!

Hosting the event on September 11th this year, was especially important because not only were we able to gather to honor SGT James J. Regan, but all those precious lives lost on the horrific day of 9/11. We could not have asked for a better day to celebrate, honor and remember all the lives lost and still affected by the horrible events on September 11, 2001.

Lead The Way Fund is dedicated to being heavily focused on the individual challenges of transition and the mental health and well-being of our Rangers and their families. Everyone’s support goes a long way in helping us continue our enduring support for the Rangers and families of the 75th Ranger Regiment. This is not possible without the support of those who were involved in Jimmy’s Run and Gold Star Memorial and Run. We hope to see plenty of you in the future as you continue to Help Us, Help Them. Please consider attending our upcoming events or donating on our website,  Rangers Lead The Way!gers Lead The Way!

Thank You Plaques Ceremony- Jimmy’s Run 2021

Thank You Plaques For Jimmy Run 2021

In September of 2021, LTWF decided to change the annual Jimmy’s Run down Heroes Highway to Jimmy’s home town of Manhassett. Although this was new for everyone, the turn out was beyond any expectations. The day was filled with over 400 people where they ran through the streets of Manhasset and later were entertained with games, food, a band and many other events taking place in the parking lot of Munsey Park. This event was not able to take place without the tremdendous help of the people pictured below. LTWF recognized Munsey Park, The Town of North Hempstead, Manhasset- Lakeville Fire Department and the Manhasset Park District. Without the help from Mark Sauvigne, Kevin Weigand, Barbara Donno, Larry Ceriello and many others, this day would not have been possible. LTWF is loking forward to making this the new tradiotion for Jimmy’s Run and excited for the 2022 event!

2022 NYC Half Marathon Runner- Dan Furstenberg

2022 NYC Half Marathon Runner- Dan Furstenberg

In this year’s 2022 NYC Marathon we faced some challenges with participation due to lack of interest as a result in the spike of covid. As an organization, this is not something we have experienced and were devastated to see the effects this pandemic has on the world. Just when we thought we were down, Dan Furstenberg came along and went above and beyond any expectations ever set. Dan single handedly raised over $50k as our single runner. We asked Dan to write a short quote about his experience of joining and running with Team Army Ranger and we were touched by his kind words and genuine heart. It is people like Dan who are able to Help Us Help Them with the extraordinary support!


3rd Battalion Thank You Letter

Holiday Gift Card Thank You- 3rd Ranger Battalion

During the Holiday season it means nothing more to LTWF than to provide our Rangers and their Families with all we possibly can. This 2021 Holiday Season we were able to provide tremendous support for our Rangers in each Battalion by sending them gift cards. Our Rangers don’t miss the chance to thank us for this generous support by sending us back written letters, notes and postcards. Displayed below is the acknowledgment letter from the 3rd Ranger Battalion.

Without the support from all of YOU, none of this is possible! We thank all of our donors, participants, volunteers, etc.. for all that you do!


Thank You Shootout Long Island!

Shootout For Soldiers Long Island 2021

After the pandemic cancelled just about every event worldwide, this year’s Shootout For Soldiers came back better and stronger. This non-profit focus’s on using lacrosse as a way to support American Veterans and foster community engagement. There are nation wide events held and we are lucky enough to be a charity sponsor in the Long Island event, that takes place at the Field of Dreams in Massapequa Park. On this 24 hour event day, we are joined by a large amount of teams that range in ages starting at 5 years old to some participants in their 50s. There are plenty of vendors set up for people to participate in raffles, buy clothing, raise awareness or donate to any local charities that are present.

This year Shootout Long Island raised over $178,000! We can not thank this organation enough for their kind gestures of donating back to Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund. With this support Shootout is helping us help our Rangers.

Sam Vachris- Leading The Way

Sam Vachris- Leading The Way

At only 13 years old, Sam Vachris brought it upon himself to help support Lead The Way Fund during his towns community day. Sam himself raised $1,700 at this event, sharing the organization’s mission by handing out brochures, stickers, pens, etc.

Sam’s parents kindly matched his fundraising amounts to come up with a $3,400 donation for LTWF.
Without the support from people and families like these, nothing we do is possible!

SFRG Video Tribute

Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund understands the strain and stress the families of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment endure and conservation of the family unit is paramount for the morale and focus of our Rangers.

When a Ranger is deployed, so is his family. The long separations can be challenging and strenuous on everyone. Family Readiness Groups (FRGs), consisting of family members and other volunteers associated with a particular unit, act as First-Responders that serve to enhance the well-being, morale and esprit de corp of the unit.

Through our Ranger Family Health, Wellness and Morale Program, we are able to support the FRGs in ALL companies within the Regiment with significant yearly donations to pay for these all-important family morale-boosting activities so they do not have to.

Thank you to the Senior FRG leaders of the 2d Ranger Battalion for this special tribute video! As long as your families are in the fight, we will be there to support you!

And THANK YOU to our supporters because we could not continue to do this without you!


Mr. & Mrs. Mike Rye

To all who made our visit with our son possible, 

Thank you so very much! It was very good to be able to spend time with Ben. Being in a Vet home for him at such a young age because of the brain injury he has is a rough ordeal but he seems to have adjusted and has a lot of men supporting him. 

We were glad to be able to see this and really appreciate you for helping us get out to see him. We know it will be what it is. 

We are so very thankful for an organization like you to help those like us who just don’t have the resources to travel and see their son or daughter who has fallen in harm’s way. 

Again wethank you in a big and might way. 

As Ben’s father, like my wife said – you all are a real blessing. Jan and I thank you lovingly. 

Jan and Mike Rye.