SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA
– Shauna O’Day, 19,
of Shingle Springs, CA, has been selected as a grant
recipient of the Fallen
Patriot Fund, established on April 16 by the Mark Cuban Foundation, to help families of U.S. military personnel
who were killed or seriously injured during Operation
Iraqi Freedom. O’Day
will receive $13,200 (the equivalent of $1,100/month for
a year) from the Foundation to assist with living
expenses and the cost of raising her unborn child after
her husband, Lance
Corporal Patrick O’Day, 20,
was killed when his tank plunged off a bridge above the
Euphrates River near Nasiriyah, Iraq in March.
Corporal O’Day was assigned to Charlie Company 1st
Tank Battalion 7th Regiment 1st
Marine Division based in 29 Palms, Calif. The couple
married just days before he was deployed, and Mrs.
O’Day is pregnant with their first daughter.
I first found out that I had been accepted for the grant
I was happy and excited, but most of all relieved,”
said Mrs. Oday. “I
was relieved because it will help out so much for myself
and my daughter Kylee.
I was in the mode of not having anything to worry
about, but when Patrick died everything was lost,
including my sense of security.
But thanks to this grant I feel a lot more secure
about raising my daughter under these circumstances. I'm
extremely grateful for everything.”
Mark Cuban Foundation will match donations to the Fallen
Patriot Fund dollar for dollar up to $1 million. Over
the past few weeks, donations have been received from 48
states and Canada. In addition, the Bank of America
Foundation will match associate donations dollar for
dollar from gifts of $25 up to $5,000.
Donations to the Fallen Patriot
Fund can be made at any Bank of America banking centers;
through the Web site at www.fallenpatriotfund.org, or
mailed to the Fallen Patriot Fund, c/o Bank of America
Private Bank, TX1-492-19-09, P.O. Box 832409, Dallas,
Additional information and grant application may
be obtained through the Web site.
resources are vital to enhancing the sustainability of
the family unit who has suffered a loss because its
loved one sacrificed him/herself for freedom.
Within that group, grant recipients will be
selected in accordance with criteria established by The
Mark Cuban Foundation.
All proceeds will be disbursed.
The Mark Cuban Foundation is a tax exempt
501(C)(3) organization, contributions to which are tax
deductible. Please contact a tax advisor for further
details on charitable contributions.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Gillian Breidenbach (Bank of America) 214.209.3122
Dawn Holgate (Mark Cuban), 214.658.7170 (office)