As most of you know, in the past couple years I've taken up running for two reasons, to live a healthier lifestyle and because I decided I wanted to coach my daughter's running programs here in my town. I know it's not for everyone but I really have had some fun time doing the races with her and started to take it a little seriously, so serious enough that I registered for the Peachtree Road race which is held on the Fourth of July this year. I have run many 5K's, but never a 10K, so, this will be my first.
I was thinking about how I can make this a special race for me, besides just finishing it in under an hour, which I could achieve, as long as I don't fall flat on my face during the race. I thought about it long and hard, and decided, why don't I help our brothers and sisters, who have defended our country.
Most of you have heard about the 22 a day, and for those of you who have not, 22 soldiers a day take their lives due to PTSD. It saddens me that this goes on and I really struggle every time I hear that another one of our heroes took their own life. There are so many who are suffering from this on a daily basis.
I'm a member of the post 304 in Acworth Georgia, and one of the things our Post sponsors is a PTSD fund-raiser to train service dogs for our service members who suffer from PTSD. This has been very successful, allowing us to provide service dogs to veterans suffering with PTSD. These service dogs provide hope and the ability for the soldiers to lead a normal life.
Now why does this matter to everyone of my friends, well I'm going to tell you. What I would like to do is raise $100 for each mile I run, so in the end, I'm looking to raise $600. I'm asking all my family and friends to please donate a dollar if you could, obviously the more you donate the closer I get to my goal, but I am hoping that with the number of connections I have, if everyone were to donate at least a dollar, I would reach this goal quickly. Again, I'm not asking for much, just a single dollar. So, if you have a moment, and can make the donation, I would really appreciate it!
I'm also asking for you to share this with all your friends and let them know what I'm doing. I really appreciate all the support and all the comments I've gotten from all of you regarding the running and the training and hope that you take the time to donate.
You may also mail donations to the following address:
PO Box 2133
Kennesaw, GA 30156
Please make the checks out to, "American Legion Post 304".