We are delighted to highlight Paul and Sally Kelly as our September Volunteers of the Month.
A true HOPE power couple, the Kelly’s are committed to sharing our mission in Eastern North Carolina. They participate in media opportunities, volunteer at events and have raised more than $97,000 to increase the impact of our programs as members of Team Hope For The Warriors.
The couple is an inspiration to all and able to relate to military couples navigating post-war injuries, as Sally is Paul’s caregiver.
Beyond their local efforts, they’ve combined their passion for sharing HOPE and running/hand cycling by representing Team Hope For The Warriors across the county. The duo has tackled momentous races like the Marine Corps Marathon, Boston Marathon, A1A Marathon, NYC Marathon and many more.
As a paraplegic, Paul has completed more than 55 full marathons, 61 half-marathons and one 100-mile ultra-marathon as a hand cyclist. Spanning 18 states, he’s always had the best running partner, cheerleader and photographer by his side, Sally. Sally has also represented HOPE in 18 half marathons. Inspired by his accomplishments, Paul was honored at the 2018 Got Heart Give Hope gala with a Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award.
Although neither Paul or Sally served in the military, military service was an important part of their upbringing and careers. Their support was strengthened through their combined 70 years of work at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at MCAS Cherry Point. Paul was an electronics engineer, and Sally was a quality assurance specialist.
The duo became invested in sharing HOPE by seeing firsthand the daily sacrifices of our military men and women serving our nation at the height of the war. The amount of support they have shown our organization and the impact they have made on those we serve cannot be measured. There is truly no way to express our gratitude for Paul and Sally. We are so lucky to have them as members of our HOPE family.
Follow Paul and Sally’s blog 2,008 Miles of Hope: http://2008milesofhope.blogspot.com/
And see Paul’s story on his training for the 2018 Boston Marathon in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/his-goal-finish-the-boston-marathon-by-hand-1523703600