As many of you know, my friend and cousin, Captain Philip J. Dykeman USMC was killed in Iraq June 26, 2008.
Phil died at the young age of 38 leaving behind his wife of almost 10 years, 3 children – Austin, 9; Emilee, 6 and Ashlee, 6 – and an extended family stretching across the country that miss him dearly with every passing day. ‘Captain Phil’, as his troops called him, served as a Marine for 17 years. His service took him to over 20 countries across the world. Captain Philip Dykeman gave his life for our Country and now it is time to give back.
I would like to officially announce that I am running the “City of Oaks” Marathon in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sunday November 2, 2008 in honor of Capt. Philip Dykeman’s life and service to the United States of America . My training consists of both short and long runs throughout the week (my longest run was 20 miles last Sunday). Every time my feet hit the ground, I think of Phil and I am able to run just a little bit faster and just a little bit farther. He is my inspiration.
My tremendous love and respect for my cousin has moved me to action – to help support his family and carry on his name. I have established a scholarship – The Captain Philip J. Dykeman Memorial Scholarshipthrough Paul V. Moore High School – Phil’s alma mater in Central Square, NY. Phil’s three children will follow in his footsteps there and will benefit from this fund upon their graduation. In addition to Phil’s children, each year, a recipient will be chosen from the high school to benefit from the scholarship. My goal is to ensure that Captain Philip J. Dykeman’s name carries on forever.