"We are going to end this at over $7,000 and over 100 contributors!!!! Absolutely amazing.  So glad this went so well.  My friends and I were talking about finding continuing ways to raise money in the future as well, so although it most likely won't be a marathon (I think I may be a one and done on running 26 miles!), we hope to find continued ways to support the scholarship." ~ Chris Durken 4-28-14


2014 Boston Marathoner, Fundraising for Travis Fuller Scholarship Fund  


Last year in April, Chris Durken attended the 117th Boston Marathon as he had done many years, but that year was going to be especially special because he and his wife were able to bring their 8 month old daughter there to share in the experience. Up until the first explosion, the day was as perfect as any previous Marathon Monday had been.  That quickly changed when they became stuck on Boylston Street between both bombs.  When they were finally able to get off Boylston, they ran away and a picture of them running was taken, which quickly made its way into national news outlets.   

"I refuse to let that picture of me running away from the finish line define my Boston Marathon experience, which made me determined to participate in this year's marathon and cross the finish line on my own terms.  I was lucky enough to be accepted (trust me, it wasn't via a qualifying time), and have taken this opportunity to raise money for a cause very near to me." 

Chris Durken ran in this year's 118th Boston Marathon in memory of his friend Travis Fuller, who was killed while serving in the US Marine Corps in Iraq on January 26, 2005.  Next January will mark ten years since his death and he wanted his friend's memory to continue by raising money for the scholarship in his name that goes to college students from his hometown, Granville, MA, that he loved so dearly.  "This scholarship helps keep his memory alive, and reminds us all to remember what a great friend and marine Travis was", as thoughtfully stated by Chris. 

"I would be honored if you would join me in contributing to the 1st Lt. Travis Fuller Memorial Scholarship Fund to keep his memory alive in this upcoming 10th anniversary year. Your gift of any size will help me reach my fundraising goal of $5,000 as part of my Boston Marathon runner philanthropic commitment."  




Travis Fuller was always an adventurous soul. Regardless of where he was, he found adventure and inspired people to do the same. He found his niche in athletics when he joined the Southwick-Tolland Regional High School cross country team his freshman year. His success here led him to join the track and field and wrestling teams. His dedication to physical fitness and academics commanded respect from his peers on the athletic field and in the classroom.

Above all this Travis was a kind, fun loving, loyal person. It was a surprise to many that he decided to attend the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a military institution. As with everything that Travis set his mind to, he excelled. He attended Officer Candidacy School during the summers, and entered the Marines as a commissioned officer upon graduation. As an officer, Travis was able to see the world, training in far and exotic places. Travis was sent to aid in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he led his men through some of the most dangerous battles of the war. 1st Lieutenant Travis J. Fuller along with many of his men were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26th, 2005.

The 1st Lt. Travis Fuller Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2005.  On average, two local students each year receive a Fuller Scholarship.

General donations can be made  online at www.granville- using the DONATE button or mail your check, payable to GTDFS, PO Box 214,  Granville, MA 01034.