LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- One local foundation that supports the troops marked this day of remembrance in a very unique way. The group held a 24-hour spin class dubbed "The 9/11 Freedom Ride" to raise money for the troops.
It all started with one grieving mother's dream two years ago to keep her fallen son's memory alive.
Suni Chabrow lost her son, Army Specialist Douglas J. Green, when he was killed in Afghanistan two years ago. Now, she is keeping her son’s memory alive by running the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation – a nonprofit dedicated to sending care packages to the troops.
"He wanted to come home and serve his community,” Chabrow said. “So I’m just trying to keep his legacy alive by serving people.”
After his death, Chabrow started The Douglas J Green Memorial Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to sending care packages to the troops. Getting those packages was one of the few things Doug told his mother that lifted his spirits while he was deployed.
"That’s what he loved, and I just know that's what he wanted me to do,” she said. “And I will keep doing it until every soldier is home."
This year, the foundation wanted to do something that’s never been done before – ride on spinning bikes for 24 hours to raise the money to send 1000 boxes overseas. The original plan was to raise money to send 400 boxes, but Leanna Marchese, the COO of the foundation, decided to raise the goal to 1000.
"The perspective on this is: 3000 people died when those towers fell. 45,000 troops are still overseas, including a unit that just went out this week,” said Marchese. “I can sit on a bike.”
Chabrow said there is no better day to run the fundraiser than 9/11.
"9/11 has a lot of significance for me because I remember when Doug was just 12 years old, watching those buildings come down on TV,” said Chabrow. “He turned to me and said ‘Mom, I’m going to get those bad guys. I want to defend our country’. And I thought ‘oh, okay.’ But you know what? He did."