EVENT DATE: May 25, 2015
On Memorial Day 2015, I (along with my younger brother, Nathan) will be running a 9K in Detroit to benefit Wins for Warriors--an organization that provides mental health and support to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families in Detroit, Richmond, and Norfolk. There are very few causes that touch my heart like this one does. Nathan served 4 years in the U.S. Army, and did two tours in Iraq. When he finally came home, he was a changed person, and suffered from PTSD.
I worried about him constantly for several years, and eventually, running was his saving grace. He started to set fitness goals--he lost weight, ate a healthy diet, reduced his drinking, and started running. He set several running goals, and in October 2014, ran his first full marathon--26.2 miles!
As a runner myself, I finally had something in common with him that we could share. We began to run together occasionally, and I noticed a gradual but amazing change in him over several months. I've seen firsthand how life-altering PTSD is for veterans of the war, and if there is any part of me that can help, I'm all for it!
To read more about my brother's story, and how running changed his life, you can check out his guest post on my blog: http://www.runsforcookies.com/2015/04/how-running-changed-my-brothers-life.html
Our minimum fundraising goal is just $100, but we hope to raise much more than that! If there is anything you can donate, please consider sparing a few bucks for this amazing cause!
ABOUT WINS FOR WARRIORS
In August 2013, Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander announced a commitment of $1 million to launch Wins for Warriors. Wins for Warriors provides mental health support to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families in Detroit, Richmond and Norfolk. Visit www.winsforwarriors.org to learn more and follow @winsforwarriors.