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|After being inspired by his friend Jerry Bowser's previous events for Homes for Our Troops, Duke wanted to do his part. He approached Jerry and the two made it their mission to walk in 2013 from New York to Boston for the same cause. Duke said, "I did not serve in the military, and I feel that this would be a great way to repay those who did and continue to do so."|
Rick "Duke" Dauphinais is a 41-year-old letter carrier and former marathon runner for the past ten years. He suffered an injury in which he broke his leg,which has prevented him from being able to run long distances. This walk from Ground Zero to Boston over 5 days and more than 200 miles is to create awareness and to help raise money for Homes for Our Troops, who build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.
May 23rd, 2013 - Ground Zero (NYC)
May 27th, 2013 - Hard Nocks Gym (Winchester, MA) between 10am & 12pm.
Jerry Bowser aka The Boston Brawler hosted to push events to raise funds and awareness for Homes for Our Troops in 2011 and 2012. He pushed a wheelbarrow weighing 600 lbs. 13 miles from Charlestown Navy Yard USS Constitution through Charlestown, Somerville, Medford, Winchester, and into Woburn in 2012 and through Washington DC in 2011. Jerry raised over $25,000 for HFOT between the two events.
Jerry is a professional strength and conditioning coach and fitness trainer with over 20 years experience. He is recognized in the training and fitness field as one of the most talented and dedicated trainers in the industry. He has been very successful with his intense mind over matter style of training.
Jerry, aka the Boston Brawler(TM), is a former professional wrestler who traveled the world wrestling for 7 years. He was also a professional water skier for the U.S. Water Skiing Association where he was ranked as one of the top 20 skiers in the U.S. In 2001, Jerry suffered a stroke after a successful wrestling match at Madison Square Garden. His very promising career was suddenly ended and his life was altered forever. He was paralyzed and underwent significant surgery. He was told his career was over and that he may never walk again. Jerry, a father of two, was a committed athlete and family man and would not accept this without a fight. He told his doctor "give me 17 days and I will walk on my own". His drive and self-motivation lead him to walk 90 feet down the hospital corridor on his own on day 17.
This experience strengthened and inspired Jerry to give back to his community and help others appreciate physical fitness. He established a charitable foundation for stroke patients; and later, after losing his father to cancer, another for cancer patients.
Jerry is currently affiliated with High Intensity Training in Winchester, MA. He runs strength and conditioning camps for all athletic levels. His successful practice provides total fitness and training for students and professional athletes, including several NHL players.
Jerry has been recognized by many organizations as a philanthropist and humanitarian. He is a world record holder and a true patriot.