Dippel said she was motivated to expand her fundraising program more after last year’s walk because she realized that families are often victimized as badly as their loved ones who are wounded in battle.
“I wanted to specialize it more,” she said. “So we’re raising money to build a home for a wounded warrior because I think that kind of goes unseen in the background, the families, so I wanted to branch out more to support the whole family in general.”
Bleill said she’s absolutely right.
“Sometimes we don’t think about that it’s not only the man or the woman involved,” he said. “A lot of them have kids and they’re dealing with a situation that’s as difficult as what the soldier is going through. Whether it’s collecting food or money, especially for the kids, they’re seeing their father or mother go through the most difficult time in their lives, so to give them hope and encourage them as well is huge.”
In his role with the Colts, Bleill specializes in inspiring others. This past year he went to Bethesda, Md., to meet with wounded soldiers who are just now going through what he’s already experienced. He’s also planning to hold an amputee support dinner and hopes to reach children who have dealt with amputations.
“I was around a lot of amputees and it helped a ton,” he said. “I want to get families together to talk about the problems they’re going through.”
She said her goal is to in turn motivate other students to keep going long after she’s graduated.
“I want younger kids to want to help and branch out and continue the support,” she said. “I don’t want this to be the last year and then it stops. I hope this motivates (younger classes) to keep this going.”