Fridays with FAITH: Honoring Chuck Ladd
Hello my FAITH-ful readers! I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer and keeping cool! Warm weather means we can get our paws on helping great causes while enjoying the outdoors. Be sure your ears are perked up for the announcement of the 2nd Annual Memorial Motorcycle Ride & Auction that benefits maCares! Isn’t that so ‘pawsome’?! The public event will be held on Saturday, July 28th to honor the memory of Charles “Shellshock” Ladd. Known to the maCares family as Chuck, he sadly passed away in 2016. Proceeds from the Memorial Ride & Auction will benefit the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Programs which relieve the financial burden of caring for a service dog so that the person can focus on living a full life.
My close friends Chuck and NIKKI, his service dog, were among one of the first maCares-sponsored teams, like Terry and me. NIKKI helped him cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and effects from his Traumatic Brain Injury. Chuck was extremely passionate about maCares and helped spread awareness of the maCares initiatives, including the development of the faith Cares program for veterans with service dogs. He was always the first to volunteer to help, showing his wholehearted commitment to giving back to the community. Chuck also enjoyed being an active member of and brother to his motorcycle club.
Chuck served in the U.S. Army for 8 years, completing 2 combat tours in Iraq and 4 combat tours in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Ladd was a Purple Heart recipient and received many other medals during his tenure in the military. After his passing, Chuck’s wishes were to be buried in the Arlington National Cemetery. His wishes were honored with the help of maCares and supporters. NIKKI has retired from being a service dog and lives with Jessica, Chuck’s wife, in North Carolina.
The battle to help veterans overcome PTSD never ends. To help honor the memory of Charles “Shellshock” Ladd, please join us on Saturday, July 28th at the American Legion Post 290 located at 446 South Main Street in King, NC.
Last year, thanks to “Shellshock’s” caring motorcycle club, and to the wonderful supporters, a donation of $3,500.00 was made to maCares to help with the continual care costs of service dogs helping veterans, children, and adults in the maCares & faith Cares Service Dog Support Programs. We hope you will be able to join this year’s Memorial Motorcycle Ride & Auction, in person or virtually. If you do not live close enough to participate in the ride, you can still support this honorable event as a virtual participant (ride wherever you live) and/or purchase an event shirt.
For more information, to buy an event t-shirt, or to become a virtual supporter, please contact my friends at weCare@maCares.org.
Thank you for helping us to honor our dear friend Chuck! Be sure to check back soon for updates on upcoming news and events from yours truly.
Wags and licks,