Register Now for Sugar Bear’s Virtual Memorial Run - July 22nd


There is still time to register for Sugar Bear’s Virtual Memorial Run! You can run, bike, hike or walk in honor of our hero. Funds from this event will help support both Marines and our programs/events as well as initiatives we are trying to launch. Help us celebrate Sugar Bear’s life this Monday, July 22nd in a way that is truly impactful.

The first 300 participants to complete the event will receive an exclusive race pin with the image above. The registration fee is $25.

CLICK HERE to Register

All proceeds support the Sugar Bear Foundation and MCAF's programs for Marines!

To Track Your Mileage: You can record your miles on your phone with the Map My Run mobile app. Download the Map My Run mobile app and add "MarineCorps Association" as your friend (note: there is no space between Marine and Corps). We will add you to the event you registered for so you can track your progress and the progress of other runners. Please also note that this step is NOT a requirement for this virtual challenge.


This is a virtual challenge where you can run, walk, bike or hike any time, anywhere to complete the mileage on July 22. Use #EveryClimeandPlaceChallenge on social media!

CLICK HERE to Register


Gold Star Teen and Collegiate Summer Internship Application


RF-Lambda is sponsoring Summer Internships for juniors, seniors and college students interested in pursuing a career in a STEM, business or marketing field. The internship will begin at the end of June and run for six weeks. Student applicants must have lost a parent while on active duty, such as in the case of illness, accident, suicide, or KIA. Students must be from San Diego or Orange County (may attend college out of state).

The application is due Tuesday, May 28th, 2019. Please direct any questions and/or submit the application and letters of reference to Dates will be announced with the selection of interns.

CLICK HERE to Download the RF-Lambda Summer Internship Application

Scholarship Application - The RF-Lambda Memorial Scholarship


We are excited to share our Memorial Scholarship in honor of our hero! To qualify, you must be a resident of San Diego or Orange County, the son or daughter of a military service member who died while on active duty and a senior in high school or attending college.  

The loss of a parent can have a devastating impact  on a family and we  want to help surviving children create a path of success.   

Please direct any questions to

To apply, CLICK HERE to Download the Scholarship Application. Applicants should state the estimated amount needed on the application. Funds will be paid directly to the institution for such items as tuition, housing, fees or academic tutoring needs that pertain to selected coursework.

Second Forum Series - "Navigating Your Strengths"

In April we will join our partners from the MCRD Museum Foundation’s Family Forever program in hosting a very special workshop for Gold Star families, Navigating Your Strengths. This incredible seminar is conducted by Sarah Davis. Davis has a vast level of experience working with Gold Star families. She brings the perfect level of expertise in helping survivors find a renewed purpose and meaning to their lives after dealing with trauma and loss.

CLICK HERE for more Information about Sarah Davis.

Holiday Open House


On Saturday December 8th we joined our scholarship partner, RF-LAMBDA in holding a holiday open house for Gold Star families.  They provided families with a tour of their beautiful new facility, lunch, holiday gifts, crafts and a brief overview of the RF-LAMBDA Memorial Scholarship in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Mario “Sugar Bear” Carazo. Additionally, they introduced the new internship program, Science Saturdays, and a very special opportunity for a Gold Star student interested in a STEM career to attend a program this summer in Boston with the RF-LAMBDA team.

We are very grateful for RF-LAMBDA’s support of our work and Gold Star families. Please check back soon as we will have our scholarship, internship, and Boston conference applications available shortly.


Giving Tuesday - Help Support the Sugar Bear Foundation



The Sugar Bear Foundation is a 501(c)(3) formed in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Mario “Sugar Bear” Carazo who made the ultimate sacrifice on July 22, 2010 when his AH-1W Super Cobra was shot down while supporting Marines engaged in a firefight.

The Mission of the Foundation is to support the surviving spouses and children of fallen United States military personnel through programs that meet their immediate and ongoing needs and foster their personal, emotional, and social well-being.

We focus on providing assistance through educational, career and financial initiatives because these were areas “Sugar Bear” deemed important and we know there is a vital need in the survivor community.


  • We provide social, emotional and financial support through our partnership with the MCRD Command Museums’ Family Forever program which has included gift cards to Gold Star spouses to purchase school supplies for their children. Additionally, a three-part forum series was developed for Gold Star spouses and their families to provide support focusing on topics such as resiliency, transition, educational and career resources.


  • RF-LAMBDA Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Lieutenant Colonel Mario “Sugar Bear” Carazo

  • STEM and Internship Program through our partnership with RF-LAMBDA (launching 2019)

  • Financial and Academic initiatives coming in 2019