The Mark Kalina Jr. Foundation

The Mark Kalina Jr. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to: provide support to traumatic injury victims, promote education on the prevention of traumatic injury, and assist similar non-profit endeavors.

The Mark Kalina Jr. Foundation was established in 2013 to provide financial assistance to victims of traumatic accidents that have resulted in limb loss or the loss of use of limb(s). This unique opportunity for charity was created in the wake of a tragic event experienced by the Kalina Family. Mark Kalina Jr. was involved in a pedestrian-train accident in October 2012 in which he became a bilateral amputee. Through Mark’s experiences, he realized the deficiency in the amount of resources available to victims of traumatic amputation. In order to mitigate some of the financial hardships, Mark decided to create a charity that would raise money for individuals faced with situations like his own.


In January 2015:

Mark Kalina Jr., alongside representatives from Operation Lifesaver and Metra Commuter Rail of Chicago, spoke to students at Tinley Park High School about the importance of rail safety. Mark is featured at the 36:20 mark.

In September 2014:

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Mark went to Orange County, California to speak to students at a few local High Schools about Rail Safety. Students participated in a twitter contest to raise awareness about the importance of Rail Safety.

Click here to watch Mark's interview with CBS Los Angeles


In July 2014:

In early July Mark Kalina Jr., Operation Lifesaver and Mark Kalina Jr. Foundation spokesperson, teamed up with Norfolk Southern for a few days on the Great Midwest Whistle Stop Train. Mark traveled across a few states, alongside representatives of Operation Lifesaver and Norfolk Southern, to educate people on rail safety.


In May 2014:

The Tough Mudder event is a hardcore 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenge designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.

The Tough Mudder event is a hardcore 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenge designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.

The Mark Kalina Jr. Foundation has created a Tough Mudder team benefiting the Wounded Warrior program. The Tough Mudder is all about overcoming obstacles, together! 

-Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Mansfield, OH

Click the picture to the left to check out pictures from the event.


In April 2014:

- April 5th was the 2nd Annual Mark Kalina Jr. Foundation Reverse Raffle (Click to view photos from the event)

- April 8th, Mark participated in Television and Radio interviews to help the launch of the "See Tracks, Think Train" rail safety campaign. Mark is the spokesman for this campaign and hopes to educate others by telling his story. Below are links to some of his interviews:
 - Fox News Broadcast in Atlanta, GA 
 - Fox News Broadcast in Tulsa, OK