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Posted by: Jennifer Wilson, Public Relations Manager | August 30, 2013
West Columbia, S.C. – Please join Lexington Medical Center, first responders, military members and families of fallen heroes for the first ever Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Run and Walk on the evening of Friday, September 6, 2013. This unforgettable, patriotic experience will take place on at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia’s Congaree Vista, as our nation prepares to mark the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Hundreds of Fort Jackson soldiers will run in formation and South Carolina firefighters will run the race while dressed in full fire gear, which weighs 60 pounds. There will also be music provided by the 282nd Army Band from Fort Jackson. It’s the first event of its kind in South Carolina, designed to celebrate and appreciate first responders,who serve, save and sacrifice on our behalf every day.
The event is named in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter and father of five who died on September 11, 2001. That day, Siller was off-duty and on his way to play golf. When he heard what was happening at the World Trade Center, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He was last seen with his brothers of Squad 1 saving lives. Tunnel to Towers is a national program that champions our heroes.
The goal of Tunnel to Towers is to support first responders and military members who have been seriously hurt in the line of duty. Proceeds from the 5K will benefit the building of smart homes for quadruple and triple amputee veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s “Building for America’s Bravest” program. In addition, the Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K will provide a fund through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation to help meet the health care needs of South Carolina first responders.
While this race has taken place in cities around the nation including New York City, there is only one Tunnel to Towers run in South Carolina. Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present South Carolina’s race.
“The Lexington Medical Center Foundation has long supported the community it serves,” said Tim James, executive vice president of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. “The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Walk and Run is an opportunity for us to help our heroes locally and nationally. We are honored to present this patriotic, memorable event in the Midlands.”
South Carolina runners will include New York City firefighters, Fort Jackson soldiers and Midlands first responders. The route begins near the First Responders Remembrance Memorial next to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street. It will travel down Blossom Street, across the Blossom Street Bride, into Cayce, up the Gervais Street Bridge and back to The Vista.
Since September 11, 2001, more than 50 Midlands firefighters, law enforcement members and emergency medical service personnel have given their lives in the line of duty. On September 11, 2001, 417 first responders and one K-9 died in New York and Washington, D.C.
Lexington Medical Center employees are working to honor the 417 first responders and one K-9 who died on 9/11 by having 418 hospital employees walk in their memory.
The registration site is www.t2trun.org. The entry fee is $25. Importantly, businesses and organizations are encouraged to build a team of participants.
You can also sponsor a team for your business or organization, or pay the entry fee for a team of first responders. For more information, call the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at 803-791-2540.
The Midlands of South Carolina has a well-known history of honoring our first responders and veterans since the September 11th attacks. That has included raising money for a new fire truck for New York City, producing steel beams used in the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center and building a 9/11 memorial in Columbia with two beams from the World Trade Center. This race is the next chapter in the story of the Midlands coming together to never forget 9/11. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers South Carolina 5K Walk and Run is a great way for South Carolina to unite and demonstrate “We Will Never Forget” and follow the footsteps of American heroes.
Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,900 health care professionals. The network also includes comprehensive cardiovascular care, an occupational health center, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas and more than 60 physician practices. At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care. Lexington Medical Center won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for ten years in a row, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, "Best Place to Have a Baby" by readers of Palmetto Parent, the "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction.