Now that 2012 is here, and we've had a chance to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the new, I would like to offer my thanks to everyone who has supported the Coast Guard Foundation, making 2011 yet another successful year.
I came across a news item that perfectly captures the spirit of what we do and why, and I'd like to share it with you today.
The story is of a brave young man who has been living with a brain tumor for the past three years, during which he has endured countless painful procedures and tests and treatments. His dream in life is to become a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, and earlier this month the staff at the Aviation Training Center, along with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, in Mobile, Alabama helped the young man experience a day in the life of a rescue swimmer, including taking part in an actual helicopter search and rescue drill.
I was moved by the generosity of spirit the crew in Mobile demonstrated, and was reminded yet again why we support the brave men and women of the Coast Guard. I just wanted to pass along this amazing story as a shining example of the quality of people the Coast Guard Foundation supports.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season,
Coast Guard Foundation President, Anne B. Brengle