Natalie Radino, T&R Nurse II in the Coronary Acute Care Unit, has been part of "Team Chris" at the Marine Corps Marathon since 2014.
She and a tight-knit group of her family and friends continue to honor Fallen Warrior Cpl Christopher Scherer's life, and they support the Semper Fi Fund by fundraising to sponsor service dog training at VetDogs Smithtown, granting “Warrior Wishes,” and sending packages of supplies requested by Chris' fellow marines of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion.
“Our mission is simple,” Natalie said. “Honor the fallen and support our troops. With our collective efforts the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom will know they are supported and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
Natalie is an active runner in the community who got involved with “Team Chris” after a friend who owns Sayville Running Company introduced her to Chris's dad, Tim Scherer. Chris’s sister, Katie Scherer, works in the Mother-Baby Unit at Stony Brook University Hospital.
“I instantly felt the devotion the Scherer family has towards maintaining the legacy of Cpl Chris Scherer, a fallen hero that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” she said. “I wanted to serve in the USMC as a young girl, but when our country was going to war, I hesitated to join [but I can] serve the public as a nurse and active runner, fundraising for causes that honor the fallen and support the troops like the Cpl Christopher G Scherer Semper Fi Fund.”
Natalie is also a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training alumni and has raised over $1,250 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.