"Integrity First ... Service Before Self ... Excellence in All We Do"

USAF Core Values shared by Karen Mertes


Our Mission

Fulfill Your Destiny helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances.  Special consideration is given to survivors living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Our Vision

To create the H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ movement. When we dare to care, our hands eagerly reach out to help others in need.

Imagine how strong every community could become if hands eagerly reach out to help others when and where needed.

Our Objectives

1) Keep People Working:  To provide financial support to individuals whose careers have been altered due to permanent injuries or unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to traumatic brain injuries for the purpose of obtaining vocational counseling, educational or occupational retraining.

2) Inspire and Motivate:  To educate others about those personal challenges facing any of us suffering injury that unalterably changes our lives.  How we confront our challenges is the key to the core motto of Fulfill Your Destiny:  Character Drives Destiny.  We teach people that we are all defined by our character, which compels us to pick up the pieces and carry on when confronted with tremendous obstacles.

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Please help individuals and become one of Fulfill Your Destiny’s Community Partners by donating to Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc.  Karen Mertes, our founder, will donate an additional 10%, in your name making your effective contribution 110%.

100% of your contributions go directly to benefiting individuals receiving assistance from Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc. and help members of our community.  No donations will be used to pay the administrative costs to operate Fulfill Your Destiny.

Tax Deductible Contributions:  All donations will be personally acknowledged by a letter.

IRS Designation:  EIN 90-0859130, 501(c)(3), Effective 9/1/2010 Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc.

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Who We’ve Helped

$20,000 Donation made to Fulfill Your Destiny for Karen Gillman’s Keratoconus Eye Surgery

A very generous donor partnered with Fulfill Your Destiny to donate the funds needed to Mrs. Gillman, for her to have eye surgery for a progressive eye disease called Keratoconus. As part of Fulfill Your Destiny’s fundraising strategies, its founder, Karen Mertes, personally donated $1000. In this case, the matching gift that Karen Mertes made reflected a 5% return on charitable investment for this philanthropist. The tremendous generosity of this philanthropist and his desire to partner with Fulfill Your Destiny, allowed us by working together, to provide the funds needed to help save Mrs. Gillman’s sight.

Fulfill Your Destiny presented a check to the Gillman Family for $21,000. 

Here’s more background on the Keratoconus eye disease and Karen Gillman shared by her husband, Mark.  “In 2003 my wife was diagnosed with Keratoconus which is a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape.  This cone shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the light-sensitive retina, causing distorted vision. Over the years her eye disease has worsened to the point that it is very difficult for her to see in a dimly lit room, drive at night or read anything without her glasses.  When a familiar person is approaching her it is challenging to determine who it is until they are less than 10 ft away.

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