This story proves that one person can make a huge impact when they Give HOPE and Share HOPE. I hope that Scott inspires you as much as he inspires each of us.

Scott is no stranger to giving and serving. He has already served his country honorably for 23 years in the Army. But in 2012, Scott was looking for a way to honor a fallen friend, Chief Warrant Officer Alexander “Scott” Coulter, USA KIA.

Scott decided the best way to honor his friend was by running marathons. He began a quest to complete a marathon in each state–50 marathons in 50 states total–before his 50th birthday. Through each race he wore a sign with Coulter’s name, honoring his friend. As he began his racing odyssey however, Gold Star Families—families who have lost a family member in combat—would reach out to Scott, thanking him for his tribute. As each person has reached out, Scott has added their names to Coulter’s.

Scott has already completed marathons in 49 states. On December 14, 2014, he will run the Honolulu Marathon, finishing the goal he started more than two years ago to honor fallen service members.

What seemed like a simple goal to honor one friend has snowballed into support to so many other fallen heroes and to their families. Through his racing, Scott has also raised awareness to the needs of families of the fallen and support to Hope For The Warriors®.

Scott’s story is an inspiration to anyone looking to build action and impact within their community. Scott is just one person with a big heart. He never aims to win his races, but rather to enjoy his experiences and happily carry out his mission to honor fallen service members and families of the fallen.

“It’s humbling to realize what started as single marathon to honor my friend has become a journey to honor not only him but numerous other heroes as well.” –Scott Sunday

More information about Scott can be found on his Facebook page.


Throughout the month of October, we will share more stories about supporters like Scott. For more information on how YOU can Give HOPE and Share HOPE like Scott, visit the campaign page here.