WBC Cares Colorado (Stephen Blea, Raylene Carbone) continues its quest to find and acknowledge those in need of help or recognition for their service to the Colorado community and our country, this Friday night, May 29, 2015, another step forward in that direction.
In conjunction with Airtight Boxing (Steve Mestas), WBC Cares Colorado will recognize retired USMC Sergeant Gabriel M. Martinez, who lost both legs after stepping on a land mine during his 2nd tour of duty in Afghanistan, for his service to our country this Friday night at the Radisson Hotel, 3155 S. Vaughn Way, as part of the ‘Denver Dynamite Remastered’ boxing show.
Gabe Martinez is a huge boxing fan who fondly recalls his days of high school boxing here in Colorado and looks forward to attending this show on Friday evening along with wife, Kayla.
USMC Sergeant Gabriel Martinez, a native of Westminster, Colorado, was on his 2nd Afghanistan deployment when he lost both of his legs after stepping on an IED in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2010.
While conducting a route clearance mission a vehicle in the convoy hit an IED, Sgt Martinez and his team then began a foot patrol in search of possible enemy in the area. As he approached the side of the disabled vehicle, Sgt Martinez stepped on a second IED that would later necessitate the amputation of both of his legs.
Sergeant Gabriel M. Martinez received the Purple Heart, our nation’s highest award for bravery, back in December of 2010.
The resolve of Gabriel and wife Kayla Martinez can never be questioned, the two married for just 3 months before his deployment on October 10, 2010, their lives have changed but they refuse to give up.
After receiving her bachelors degree in May of 2011, Kayla Martinez became active in helping other young wives of injured service members deal with the new challenges they face, a passion she continues today.
On October 30, 2012, daughter Madelynn Grace Martinez was born to Gabriel and Kayla Martinez, a blessing like none other.
Sergeant Gabriel M. Martinez decided he would be a positive role model and trained vigorously, becoming a member of the USA Paralympic Team competing in track and field and is a motivational speaker who focuses on his abilities rather than his disability.
Gabriel Martinez, wife Kayla Martinez and daughter Madelynn Grace Martinez, now reside in Parker, Colorado.
Remembering those who have made and continue to make the sacrifice so that we may enjoy our freedom is paramount.
Colorado boxing fans will show their appreciation for the sacrifice made by one of our own, retired USMC Sergeant Gabriel M. Martinez, who will have wife Kayla Martinez at his side this Friday night.
Ticket information: House of Pain Boxing 720-298-1954.