BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation which provides scholarships for special operations members and helps them transition to civilian life.
Winchester native Glen Doherty was among four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, while serving as a CIA security contractor. The Foundation's annual road race will be held next month to raise money for scholarships.
“Yeah, September 23, which is a Sunday, in our home town of Winchester, 12 o’clock noon, we have our 5k/10k road race. This will be out sixth time putting this on. We get over a thousand individuals, a lot of military support, our scholarship recipients are there and we have somebody speak and kick off the race and it’s just a special day. A lot of love for Glen, a lot of pride for our country, a lot of sweat and a lot of laughter,” said Kate Quigley, Glen Doherty's sister and President of the Foundation.
Quigley says support from the town has been terrific, “When tragedy strikes, you really know who your home town is. And from the moment when things happened, Winchester has really been there for my family and for our foundation. A lot of support and you’ll see it and you’ll feel it on the day of the road race.”
Scholarship recipient Dave Nicastro, now a state trooper, says the Foundation's work to help transition special ops members must continue.
“You have to understand, we use these guys overseas. They’re our best and we use them to do certain missions and they complete those missions to the best of their ability. It takes a toll on their mind and body and definitely families. And if we can bring them home and get them to school and get them other skills, other than the skills they have been taught in the military and those units, then let’s do that,” Nicastro concluded.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports