What: The launch of Heroes at Home, a charitable program of Sears Holdings created in partnership with Rebuilding Together, the nation's leading home rehabilitation organization, at the home of Army Specialist Ryan C. Major, the first beneficiary of Heroes at Home. Specialist Major was critically injured in Iraq, resulting in the loss of both legs and other injuries that will require extensive surgeries. Beyond his injuries, Ryan was facing another battle to regain his health and independence -- his home was not wheelchair accessible, and he did not have the resources to make it livable. Heroes at Home is helping this hero by providing a wheelchair accessible bedroom, bathroom and elevator. Donations to Heroes at Home are now being accepted at all Kmart and Sears stores across the country, at sears.com and kmart.com. Who: Paige Hemmis, Extreme Makeover Home Edition Army Specialist Ryan C. Major and Lorrie Knight-Major Gary A. Officer, President and CEO, Rebuilding Together Aylwin B. Lewis, CEO and President of Sears Holdings Corporation Angela Sparks-Beddoe, Chairman, Board of Directors, Rebuilding Together Susan Hawfield, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County U.S. Representative Van Hollen (Md.- 8th District) Volunteers from Sears Holdings and Rebuilding Together When: Friday, June 22, 2007 10 a.m. ceremony, preceded and followed by volunteer work to complete the renovation Where: 10 Narrows Court Silver Spring, MD 20906 Photo/Interview Opportunities: -- Specialist Ryan C. Major and Lorrie Knight-Major -- Paige Hemmis -- Representatives from Rebuilding Together and Sears Holdings -- Volunteers from Sears and Kmart finishing the renovations to the home About Spc. Ryan Major
Ryan Major, 21, entered the U.S. Army after graduating from Towson High School in 2003 and was stationed in Germany with the 36th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Armored Division. He achieved the rank of Specialist and became a squad leader. On November 9, 2006, while on patrol, an improvised explosive device exploded near Specialist Major's squad.
Contact: Becky Carter Rebuilding Together 202/483-9083 cell: 303/241-7038 or Brenda Storch Sears Holdings 847/286-2897 cell: 224/735.9579
PRNewswire -- June 18
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