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Fridays with FAITH: Honor Service Members & First Responders with maCares

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Fridays with FAITH: Honor Service Members & First Responders with maCares

Hello my FAITH-ful readers! While you are celebrating your freedom over Independence Day, think of ways you can honor our service members and first responders. I want to let you know of another great cause we can get our paws into, while enjoying being outside in the ‘pawesome’ summer weather!

Has your sniffer picked up the scent that maCares is holding its first run/walk to honor the strength, courage, and sacrifices of service members and first responders from the past, present, and future?! All proceeds will support the maCares & faith (that’s me!) Cares Service Dog Support Program. This program relieves the financial burden of caring for a service dog so that the veteran, child or adult can focus on trying to live a full and productive life with the aid of their service dog. Isn’t that just ‘pawtastic’?!

Here’s the scoop on the Inaugural maCares Tribute 5K Run/2.5K Walk:

WHEN – September 9, 2017

WHERE – Country/Jaycee Park in Greensboro, NC

HOW – Register at

WHO – All 2 legged humans, including those little humans in strollers and friendly, leashed 4 legged furry animals

WHAT ELSE – awards ceremony, food (that makes me wiggle), a 50/50 raffle, and more!

Sign up by August 20th and to be guaranteed an event t-shirt!



Something that has my tail wagging is that anyone can form a TEAM to walk and enjoy the comradery of humans you know & their furry companions! Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to join your team – then reach out to another person and challenge them to create a team. See who can get the most team members! Which team has the best name? Who can get the most donations? This is so much fun, I think I’ll dig up the bones I’ve been saving and donate them!



Want to support the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Program, but can’t make it to Greensboro on September 9th? Not to worry, you can still participate by being a Virtual ‘Pawticipant’! You can walk or run wherever is convenient (your neighborhood, a park, a mall) on September 9th or whatever day works best for you. When you sign up by August 20th, you will receive a t-shirt to wear while you are walking or running to support maCares. Share video or pictures of you, and your family and friends, walking or running to support maCares, by emailing the files to

Best of all, we know that the money raised will allow the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Program to continue ‘helping service dogs help others’. That makes me feel better than a belly rub!!!!

Grab your leash and let’s go run or walk on September 9th! Don’t forget to sign up by August 20th.

Click here to visit the registration site!

Ready, Set, Go!!!



Check back for updates from yours truly!

Wags and licks,



This article was written by FAITH

My name is FAITH, and I'm a service dog to Sgt Terry White, PH IOF. You've probably seen me around the Market America office or at one of their events. I'm the pretty blonde with the big smile The wonderful maCares team is pretty fond of me, and they've decided to devote each Friday's blog post to my stories, pearls of wisdom, and "tails" of others giving back to their communities. We'll call it "Fridays with Faith". What you may not know about me is that I'm named after someone special. The flag that represents this great country flies high on the flag pole for my namesake's sacrifice. I am named in memory of U.S. Army Sergeant Faith Hinkley, who died on August 7, 2010 in Iskandariya, Iraq. Faith was part of the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Through me, Faith Hinkley's legacy lives on, helping and healing another wounded soldier. maCares loves making a difference in the lives of veterans and animals. Please consider donating or getting involved with maCares so they can continue supporting veterans and dogs like Terry and me, and honoring heroes like Faith Hinkley.