Natural Stone Institute Completes 47th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation
The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 47th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. The Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program builds 100% mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. Natural stone and fabrication for U.S. Marine Corps Corporal and Police Officer Sharif Muzayen were provided by UMI and Florida Custom Marble.
Sharif enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008 and served for five years. He was deployed to Afghanistan, where he held multiple positions including becoming a noncommission officer in charge in the Cross Unit Combat Operations Center as the liaison between American Armed Forces and the Afghan Units. In 2013, Sharif was honorably discharged as a corporal.
After leaving the Marine Corps, Sharif immediately began pre-academy training at the Orange Police Department. Upon completion of field training, Sharif requested to specialize in identifying and arresting suspected DUI drivers. Before his injuries, Sharif was successful in arresting 75 individuals for driving under the influence. On December 10, 2016, while responding to a report of a possible drunk driver, Sharif was struck by another oncoming drunk driver while pulling forms from his vehicle. The collision left him with a broken tibia, fibula, a severed femoral artery, and a brain hemorrhage.
After many weeks in recovery and the support of his family, Sharif was released to go home, where he would begin a two-year journey of rehabilitation with physical therapy and undergo multiple surgeries. In December 2019, Sharif underwent surgery to have his left leg amputated above the knee. Today, Sharif and his family reside in St. Mary’s, Georgia. Sharif hopes to complete his degree in biology and ultimately get a doctorate in herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians. In his downtime, Sharif enjoys playing board games, watching movies, and playing video games with his family.
Companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, and to see a list of all Natural Stone Institute members who have donated their time, products, and services to this cause, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE.
About the Natural Stone Institute
The Natural Stone Institute is a trade association representing every aspect of the natural stone industry. The current membership exceeds 2,000 members in over 50 nations. The association offers a wide array of technical and training resources, professional development opportunities, regulatory advocacy, and networking events. Two prominent publications—the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Building Stone Magazine—raise awareness within the natural stone industry and in the design community for best practices and uses of natural stone. Learn more at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org.