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You can Impact a Hero!

Marine Corporal Casey Owens and his mother, Janna Dunkel.
Marine Corporal Casey Owens and his mother, Janna Dunkel.

Have you ever thought about how you can impact a hero? Well the first question might be, who is a hero? A "hero" has several definitions but is one, who in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act. Our fine American military serving God and country surely qualify as heroes then! In battle, the soldier -- our hero, makes the supreme sacrifice of risking life and limb to serve and protect others.

In the War against Terror, our soldiers whom have been wounded on the battlefield really need our help through our prayers, presence, gifts and service. On September 20, 2004, Marine CPL Casey Owens, was critically wounded in Iraq. Casey lost both of his legs and sustained over 200 shrapnel wounds. Casey almost did not make it. After being transported to Landstuhl, Germany, he was then sent to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. for multiple surgeries.   Impact a Hero - a non-profit organization that assists wounded heroes and their families, stepped in to help Casey’s family get to D.C. and with the costs associated with caring for an injured loved one. Casey’s mom, Janna Dunkel and his sister, Lezleigh Kleibrink set up a tag team of caring for Casey. Almost six years later, Casey is assimilating into civilian life and even designed his own prosthetics in order to be able to walk again!  It has been a long, grueling process but the family knows that without the help of two organizations - Impact a Hero ( Casey’s home church, Bear Creek United Methodist (, Casey would not have gotten very far.

The United Methodist Men ( of Bear Creek host an annual Charity Golf Tournament every May. In 2004, after Casey was wounded, the United Methodist Men (UMM) set about making Casey their benefactor for their tournament in 2005. The UMM raised over $50,000 to help Casey and his family with the costs of travel, medical and living expenses that had accumulated in the days that followed Casey’s terrible injuries. In the course of working on the 2005 Charity Golf Tournament, CPL Casey Owens’ relationship with the both entities allowed a working relationship to develop.

Jim Hoelker, Chairman of the Board, of Impact a Hero/Impact Player Partners, appreciates what Bear Creek United Methodist Church has done for CPL Casey Owens and Impact a Hero. Jim said, “BCUMC has been a wonderful support for Impact a Hero. As our soldiers receive care to heal their bodies, we also strive to help care for their mind and spirit as well, to give them a hope and a new future. I cannot tell you how much this partnership means to our military and our organization.”

Scooter Lofton, 2010 Chair of the UMM Charity Golf Tournament, said, “’Impact a Hero’ helps our wounded heroes to get the care our soldiers deserve and need. The UMM is proud to have established an ongoing relationship with such a fine organization. We know our relationship will continue to grow and thrive.” The UMM Charity Golf Tournament, occurs annually each May, and is scheduled for this coming Monday, May 10, 2010 at the beautiful Pine Forest Country Club in northwest Houston. The tournament is still receiving golfer registrations, volunteers and auction donations. So you really CAN Impact a Hero!

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