Western Herald – WMU hosts Wounded Warrior Run to benefit injured veterans

WMU hosts Wounded Warrior Run to benefit injured veterans

Megan Wenzl
News Reporter

To raise money for wounded veterans and raising veteran injury awareness, Western Michigan University will host the fourth annual Wounded Warrior Run on April 13, 2013.

The cost to participate is $15 and the funds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, which is an organization that helps wounded veterans live their lives.

“The wounded warrior project is a non-profit organization that seeks to help wounded veterans in their day to day life. They also help them with prosthetics when they need them to help them pay for a new leg or new arm,” said Anthony Drewicz, ROTC and aeronautical engineering major.

The Wounded Warrior Project seeks to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history, according to the wounded warrior project website.

Tom Mark, ROTC and aviation administration major at WMU, said the Wounded Warrior Run is hosted through Western through Army ROTC and Airforce ROTC.

“It’s used to raise proceeds for the Wounded Warrior Project to take care of the business,” said Mark.

“We like it because it opens everybody’s eyes to what the Wounded Warrior Project actually does and how much people have given,” said Mark. “When you come run the race, not only are you physically showing your support, but you can come and talk to wounded veterans.”

Mark said that seeing and talking to wounded veterans provides race participants with a real picture of their daily lives.

“It’s a way to get the community involved,” said Mark. “We’re shooting for between 700 and 800 people to come and run.”

Last year, raising $8,000, the Wounded Warrior Run had 500 people participate, according to Mark and Drewicz.

Mark and Drewicz said that music, a color guard and a potential guest speaker will be at the run.

Interested runners can register at wmuwoundedwarrior.com.  Late registration begins at 7 a.m. the day of the race and the race starts at 9 a.m.

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