Tragedy fell close to home last Saturday as Jefferson Township Marine Sgt. Aaron Alonso, 25, suffered amputation on both legs from an IED attack while on patrol in Nad Ali, Afghanistan.
Aaron Alonso is the brother of Tim Alonso, a former capo with the Garden State Ultras.
While now residing in Chicago, his former mates have not forgotten him. In honor of their fallen comrade, GSU has refocused a February 22nd art auction at MMM Bello’s from a club fundraiser to a charity event for the Alonso family. Dubbed part of the “Alonso Strong” campaign, GSU will be selling t-shirts and select art pieces with proceeds going to support Aaron Alonso and his family.
The GSU’s gesture is just the latest helping hand to Aaron’s family. Friends, relatives and complete strangers have circled the wagons around the fallen Marine, rallying around an impressive Give Forward campaign which has already raised $52,000 in his name as of this report.
“The fundraiser was set up by our cousin, Kimberly Martin to help Aaron and his new family with any expenses — medical care, prosthesis, modifications to their home and car, etc. — that may not be covered by his government benefits along with providing some financial breathing room during this difficult time,” says Tim Alonso. “The support and words of encouragement have been absolutely overwhelming.”
Once word spread about the tragedy, Tim’s brothers in GSU reached out to their former capo in hopes of doing their part to help — and it wouldn’t be the first time they offered a helping hand, either.
“A couple of years ago, GSU did a donation drive to collect goods for care packages for my youngest brother, Devin, during his deployment to Afghanistan,” Tim recalled. “Just as it’s been during the past few days, the support then was incredible. We collected not only too much for Devin and the Marines that he was stationed with, but we also had to pass along about a dozen large boxes of supplies to Detachment #206 of the Marine Corps League for distribution to other Marines.”
Aaron has just been revived from a medically induced coma, having both legs severely amputated. The young soldier deployed just one week after the birth of his first child, Riley. His family could use your help.
If you wish to contribute to his recovery process, please CLICK THIS LINK FOR THE GIVE FORWARD DONATION PAGE, or join GSU at MMM Bello’s (376 Market St, Newark, NJ) at 7 p.m. on February 22nd.