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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Iraq War Veteran And Marathoner Mervin Roxas

March 22nd, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Mervin Roxas

Age: 27

Hails from: The Philippines and Orange County, CA

Occupation: Ex-Marine, Purple Heart recipient, student

LA Times writer Steve Lopez specializes in hard-luck stories–it was a series of Lopez’s columns that inspired The Soloist–and his recent profile of ex-Marine Mervin Roxas is no different in that regard. Only this hard-luck story is one in which you don’t just have to be a bystander.

Roxas, pronounced “Rojas,” was born in the Philippines but immigrated to California with his family at age 13. After the September 11th attacks, he enlisted in the Marines and served two tours in Iraq before a Humvee that he was riding in near the Syrian border was blown up by an IED, killing three of his fellow Marines and costing Roxas his entire left arm and part of his shoulder. In the six years since he suffered this devastating injury at age 21, Roxas has been rebuilding his life. On Sunday, he ran the LA Marathon in under 6 hours to raise money for U.S. VETS, an organization that takes care of homeless veterans (and incidentally, the same charity Shia LaBeouf ran for).

And that’s where you come in. Even though Roxas has completed the marathon, you can still donate to his cause. Click here to help the more than 130,000 homeless veterans in America.

[LA Times: An ex-marine can run for us]

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January 31st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Happy 38th Birthday to South Korean film star and Goodwill ambassador, the lovely Lee Young Ae! You’re both an actress and a humanitarian… hope you find enough time to rage on tonight!


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September 12th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Yao wiping away the tears of an AIDS orphan

In two days, a charity basketball game between an NBA team led by two-time MVP Steve Nash and the Chinese national team led by Yao Ming will take place in Beijing. Funds raised from the event will go to children’s charities designated by Nash and Yao, who put this thing together, “to build schools and pay the tuition of mentally challenged and poor students in China’s poverty-stricken western regions.” The NBA team will include Sixth Man of the Year and Nash teammate Leandro Barbosa, Carmelo Anthony, and Baron Davis.

This is the way for NBA basketball to Ka-Ching-Chong their way to China, rather than players going on one-person ego trips to hock overpriced, fug sneakers. Even I have nothing bad to say about this. Weird.


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