The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, will hold the inaugural Tunnel to Towers Delmarva 5K Run & Walk on Aug. 12 in Lewes.

The event will honor and celebrate Delmarva’s first responders — fire, police, emergency medical technicians and paramedics — and military service heroes who serve, sacrifice and protect every day.

Advance registration is $25 adults, $15 ages 13 to 17 and $10 ages 12 and younger, available at Registration fees increase $10 on race day.

Registered walkers and runners will have the opportunity to create profile pages that will feature their personal photos and individual stories. Additionally, participants can compete to raise the most funds and recruit the most friends to their team.

The Delmarva’s 5K Run & Walk is the latest of 5K runs and walks and tower climbs held around the U.S. in support of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Tunnel to Towers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services for the nation’s first responders and military. Through it’s Smart Home Program, dozens of customized high-tech “smart homes” have been built throughout the country for catastrophically injured service members. These homes, created primarily for those who are now triple- and quadruple-amputees as a result of IED explosions, have specialized features run off of iPads to allow these heroes to lead as independent of a life as possible.

One of those smart homes was built on the Delmarva Peninsula. While on patrol April 24, 2011, U.S Marine Corps Cpl. Clark Cavalier, of Plaquemine, Louisiana, was injured when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in the Marja Province of Afghanistan.

Cavalier lost his legs above the knee and had injury to his left arm and hand. Cavalier, who enjoys duck hunting and is a fan of the New Orleans Saints, received a smart home in Marydel, Maryland, on Jan. 30.

Tunnel to Towers is dedicated to the memory of FDNY hero, and father of five, Stephen Siller, who died Sept. 11, 2001. Siller, who was off-duty when the first plane hit, drove to his Brooklyn firehouse and retrieved more than 60 pounds of his gear, then sought the quickest route to the World Trade Center. Finding the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel blocked, Siller ran about 3 miles with that gear, to the Twin Towers, where he died.

Siller’s six older brothers and sisters, who had raised him after he was orphaned at age 10, established the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in his honor.

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