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A Man's Step By Step Quest To Raise Awareness For Wounded Warriors
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Jun. 17, 2012 6:57 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 17, 2012 7:14 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Jamie Summerlin is running for a purpose. And it's a run that will take him 3,400 miles across the country to raise awareness for men and women who hold a special place in his heart. The men and women who serve our country.
"It's an honor for me to be able to do it," said Summerlin.
Jamie and his wife Tiffany are both on the journey together, running for The Wounded Warriors Project.
The couple were both in the Marine Corps and Jamie says he wanted to do something that would show people how hard our soldiers fight for our country.
"I'm going to go through 100 days of being uncomfortable, of pain, of suffering, you know all these things that I'm dealing with. These people are dealing with it for the rest of their lives They've lost limbs, they're dealing with PTSD issues and all these things that they're going to suffer with," he said.
So far, Jamie and his family have logged a lot of miles starting in Oregon and making it through twelve states. And on day 84, they arrived in Charleston. It's a long journey, but each step of the way they're greeted by other runners and meet with veterans who give them strength to keep going.
"We've been through every imaginable weather pattern you can think of. From rain to snow storms that have been snowed over the RV. I couldn't even see a mile ahead of me through the snow. The people we talk to and the stories we've heard along the way, that's my inspiration to keep going," said Summerlin.
The couples' hope is that people will learn from the run. Learn that troops have sacrificed their lives and quality of life to keep our freedom.
"I've seen the help that it can do because it inspires people to say wow, that guy can do that. I can do something very small," said Summerlin's wife, Tiffany.
Jamie will continue his journey across the country for the next 16 days. Hopeful our service men and women will appreciate his sacrifice.
The run will continue to Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. then onto the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. At the end of the run, Jamie is estimated to have taken nearly six million steps.
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