Two years ago when I was at mile 7 of the Army 10 miler, my right knee began to ache, and my quads were so tight I was barely shuffling along. Every step shot pain up my leg, I was miserable and feeling sorry for myself. Although I never considered dropping out, I was having a hell of a pity party on that run. Then, while bemoaning my situation, a man within an Army t-shirt passed me. He was in the best mood, the kind of contagious good mood; he was having a great run. He just whizzed passed me. He was a double amputee running on prosthetic legs, yet he was full of joy and ambition, and his determination changed my life. I have never felt to awe struck and inspired as I was that day when I had the honor to run with men and women made of stock I’ve never imagined. This year I decided to run the Marine Corp Marathon in honor of that Army Veteran, and all the brave Veterans who make us so proud.
After having such a life changing experience, I decided to run and raise money for Team R4V, which is a single resource for wounded veterans to receive support and assistance with their rehabilitation and reintegration through athletics, races and adaptive sports. Unlike other organizations, Team R4V provides assistance to wounded veterans from all branches of the military, supports all veterans, not just athletes, provides services/programs on a national scope, and most importantly, takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation and reintegration.
Furthermore, Team R4V offers programs and services for spouses of veterans because if the family can be supported, the family can better support the veteran.
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