Our Mission Statement
Our Vision Statement
our hope is for every American Citizen’s heart, the will to make it a reality.
Why We Run
We run because the longest journey many of our soldiers face is not the plane ride home from distant battle fields, but rather the struggle they face upon returning. The statistics are staggering regarding the numbers of service men and women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), many of whom are unaware of or unable to access the resources and support they need. Mental health issues related to service (and specifically, though not exclusively, service in war), can be severe. Coping tactics such as substance and alcohol abuse, gambling and money issues are devastating families and disintegrating relationships. Many honorable men and women, fearing all hope is lost, are making desperate, unhealthy and sometimes life ending choices. We are on a mission to make a significant difference in this struggle. Through events like the Prayer Breakfast, Swing For A Soldier and Race For A Soldier, we raise money and awareness to support programs offering essential healing needed by our Soldiers. Please take the time to review the following information about our programs, and consider joining us with your support this year. With your help, we will continue to grow and offer a tangible way for our communities to give back to those who have served so bravely and honorably.
out of Veterans who have served since 2001
out of Veterans who have served since 2001
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of August, 2011
are completed by Veterans
Since its inception in 2011, the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has given more than $200,000 to alternative therapy programs helping soldiers give themselves Permission to Start Dreaming of life beyond their service to country.
To learn about grant eligibility or to submit a request, click here.
Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors
All American Assistance Dogs
Operation Ward 57
Spikes K9 Fund
Part of our mission is to raise awareness and funding for programs that enrich the lives of soldiers and their families in a tangible way. From its inception in 2011, Race For A Soldier and our other events have been embraced by the community, sponsors and media alike.
Please consider attending, sponsoring or volunteering at either of our upcoming events, or by making a one-time donation to the foundation.
In either case, thank you for your time and consideration.
Swing For A Soldier
July 10th, 2017
Gig Harbor, WA
Come join us as we celebrate our fourth annual Swing For A Soldier Golf Tournament at an amazing new location – Canterwood Country Club! Enjoy a sun filled afternoon being a part of a foursome of civilians, veterans and military personnel competing for the cause: bringing awareness to and supporting families of our warriors with PTS and TBI.
Pull for A Soldier
September 8th, 2017
Gig Harbor, WA
Our second annual Trap Shoot event!
The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation, with cooperation from Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club, presents this exciting event where Teams of five compete at Trap Shooting to see who can break the most targets!
Funds raised help support our Soldiers and their Families, and all shots and clay are included!
Race For A Soldier
September 24th, 2017
Gig Harbor, WA
This will be our 7th year running the flagship event of our Foundation that started it all, the Race For A Soldier.
In addition to the Half-Marathon, once again we have a 5K and a Virtual Run.
Whether you’d like to partake in the event, volunteer your time or simply cheer on the runners, this beautiful race in a wonderful community is always a memorable experience!
Our blessings are countless. Among our greatest blessings is our freedom, one which we owe a great debt of gratitude to our heroes-the men and women of our Armed Forces. Contrast our comfort this Thanksgiving and the coziness of the season to the dry, dusty and dirty conditions of the Middle East. As we sit down to our Read more about Our blessings are countless[…]
The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has been named Bonneville Seattle’s and Seattle Seahawks Charity of the Month for AugustThe Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation has been named Bonneville Seattle’s and Seattle Seahawks Charity of the Month for August! In addition to radio spots, public service announcements and a donation, the Foundation will be recognized at an upcoming Seahawks Read more about Bonneville Seattle’s Charity of the Month for August[…]
Since the Civil War, Memorial Day has been a time of reflection and remembrance to those who have died in service to our country or will never return. The “missing man” table is a symbolic demonstration of showing gratitude and reverence for those who served and sacrificed their lives. Shown here the table is Read more about Memorial Weekend Initiative: the “Missing Man” table[…]
Thank you for your interest in Race For A Soldier! Whether you are an accomplished runner or this is your first run of this kind — you are in for an incredible experience for a GREAT cause! The city of Gig Harbor, Washington has welcomed us with open arms and beautiful scenery that makes this event one of Read more about Registration is now open![…]
Configure Martin Park runs local marathon in 48.5 pounds of gear and raises $3,300 for the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation!
We just can’t say enough to thank Martin Park, a 24-year-old former active duty Marine and now a reservist. Not only did he run his first marathon (the Tacoma City Marathon) wearing 48.5 pounds of gear and a Race For A Soldier shirt, but he raised $3,300 dollars in the process to donate to the Permission Read more about Configure Martin Park runs local marathon in 48.5 pounds of gear and raises $3,300 for the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation![…]
The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation is humbled and most grateful to TOTE Maritime Alaska for their generous contribution of $10,000 to support our mission: to inspire hope and action in the Community and provide access to solutions for Soldiers, affected by Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury, and their families via professional services, Read more about A HUGE thanks to TOTE Maritime Alaska![…]
For years the Seattle Seahawks have sponsored the 12th Mile of Race For A Soldier, and we’re happy to be on the roster once again for the Seahawks 12K! The event is back in its seventh year and promises to be bigger, faster, stronger and LOUDER for your Seattle Champions! The 2016 Seahawks 12K Run Read more about Come see us at the Seahawks 12K[…]
Leslie Mayne, Founder and Director of the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation presented the Association of Washington Generals’ Annual Washington State Community Service Award
Olympia WA – Annually, The Association of Washington Generals (AWG) honors some of the most uplifting and hardworking people with two awards: The Washingtonian of the Year, and the Community Service Award. The Washingtonian of the Year Award and the Community Service Award are bestowed annually to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the state and within their Read more about Leslie Mayne, Founder and Director of the Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation presented the Association of Washington Generals’ Annual Washington State Community Service Award[…]
At this time of year, let us remember those who have sacrificed so that we may freely celebrate the holidays as we choose. Thank you for supporting our cause. Merry Christmas from The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation Team.
We are extremely proud to re-broadcast the 2015 Prayer Breakfast featuring retired SEAL TEAM 6 Senior Chief James Hatch. Wounded while on the hunt for Cpl Bowe Bergdahl, Sr Chief James Hatch will share his story and devotion to military K-9’s, out of devotion to Spike, his charge that saved his life that fateful night. Recently Read more about 2015 Permission To Start Dreaming Prayer Breakfast re-broadcast now online![…]