SUSSEX - It has been six years since a roadside bomb in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, nearly took the life of Marine Cpl. Kevin Hanrahan.
The day is now remembered annually by his family and friends as his "Alive Day," but the road to his recovery was treacherous.
Hanrahan, an infantryman with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, lost his left leg and the entire back of his right thigh, and sustained a traumatic brain injury from the blast.
He has undergone more than 50 post-injury surgeries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Since then, Hanrahan was facing a new battle: how to function day-to-day, how to get around his home and how to adjust with his new reality.
That's when longtime Quad/Graphics employees and Quad Charity Open co-chairwomen Jane Orth and Kris Woltmann learned about his story.
By chance, through an online search, the pair came across Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free homes for severely injured post 9-11 veterans.
Golf outing for Hanrahan
They decided to plan a charity golf outing at the Silver Spring Country Club in Menomonee Falls in June, just two days before the sixth anniversary of Hanrahan’s “Alive Day."
The proceeds were raised to build a custom home, specifically adapted for Hanrahan, his wife, Whitney, and their two young children.
"More than 300 people participated in our charity event to help this deserving vet and his family," said Bill Blackmer, Quad/Graphics executive director of global procurement. "The Quad Charity Open is evidence of all the good we can do in this world when we work together.”
The event was the highest grossing charity golf event ever organized by Quad/Graphics.
'Forever' home built
Together, $75,000 was raised for HFOT to build the Hanrahan family a home in Black River Falls, so they can be near relatives.
The home will feature large, open doorways and a wide floor plan to accommodate Hanrahan’s wheelchair.
"We are so excited for this next chapter in our lives and to finally be moving into our forever home," Hanrahan said. "This home is going to make a huge impact on our daily life. We appreciate everyone's support and love. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
The home was built this month and is awaiting a final inspection before the family can move in. A key ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 1, to celebrate the new chapter in their life.
To help furnish the new home, the Hanrahan family has created a registry for their housewarming at www.myregistry.com.