Veteran raises thousands for Landstuhl’s Fisher House
January 16, 2006
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A 65-year-old diabetic veteran has raised more than $15,000 for a nonprofit inn that provides rooms for families of wounded servicemembers in Germany.
But after walking in five marathons last year, Norm Raynal doesn’t plan on putting away his walking shoes.
He wants to raise more money this year for the Landstuhl Fisher House organization.
“Without donations, they don’t do much of anything,” Raynal said.
Last year, Raynal set up a Web site (www.sponsormywalk.info) and encouraged people to pledge a dollar or euro for each kilometer he finished. His goal was to raise $15,000; he raised $15,309. He walked more than 210 kilometers, or about 130 miles.
He said it wasn’t easy, joking that he had to go back to the gym after the first marathon so he could finish the other four.
Raynal, who lives in Germany, came up with the idea of raising money for the Fisher House in Landstuhl from a friend. Raynall did two combat tours in Vietnam.
Fisher House organizations are located at or near U.S. military hospitals around the world and offer families a place to stay for a small fee or no fee at all. The inns do not receive any funding from the military and rely on charitable donations and fees charged to families, according to the Landstuhl Fisher House Web site.