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Seattle fundraiser to benefit Torian family

BY DANIEL PAXTONdpaxton@paducahsun.com

Always Brothers, a nonprofit charity founded by and composed mostly of former Marines, is hosting a fundraiser run in Seattle which will benefit the children of Marine and Paducah native Master Sgt. Aaron Torian.

Torian died last Feb. 15 while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Torian was chosen as an honoree of the run along with three other fallen Marines. Funds raised will go toward establishing or contributing to college funds for their children. Torian left behind three children and a career with the Marines which included five tours of duty.

"He was a great Marine to achieve all he did so quickly," said Dean Smith, a founding member of Always Brothers. "He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country."

The run, a super-marathon, will begin Saturday and end about 24 hours later on Sunday after the participants cover the 100-mile span, which will take them through Seattle and several surrounding towns.

The run is designed to gather attention to the Always Brothers cause and encourage people to donate. In addition to donations, Smith says funds are raised through corporate sponsors and other fundraisers along the path of the run organized by friends and supporters of Always Brothers.

Smith, who is participating in the run, said that while for the most part members of the charity are the only ones to take on the entire 100-mile run, onlookers are known to join in for a time and also offer support the whole way.

"I've never seen the kind of patriotism we see on these runs. People know it's a good cause," said Smith.

As well as Torian's children, three other children, the only children of the three Marines being honored alongside Torian, will benefit from the run.

Contact Daniel Paxton, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8667.

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