Last weekend two teams and supporters representing Operation Giveback, made up of Wounded Warriors, Retired and Active Duty Military, Gold Star family members and friends, packed into 2 vans and several support cars to make the daunting trek from Cumberland MD to Washington D.C for Ragnar Relay – Washington D.C.
When you see Team Operation Giveback, you feel nothing but inspired. How could these Wounded Warriors run a Ragnar? You might think, “What’s my excuse for not pushing harder today?” It’s true these wounded warriors have pushed way beyond their comfort zone and endured countess hours of physical and mental rehabilitation to get them to the point of running a Ragnar, which is nothing but inspirational in itself. But there is a bigger reason they do it, and it’s not for themselves.
“We want to make a difference in the lives of the children of our fallen brothers and sisters because we can’t bring their parents back,” said Lito Santos, a member of Team Operation Giveback. “You can help a Wounded Warrior, and we remember what everyone does for us. There’s something really unique about helping the children of our fallen brothers and sisters. We feel very passionate about it and will continue to do this as long as our bodies allow us too.”
Team Operation Giveback runs Ragnar to help raise awareness and resources for the families and children of fallen heroes. Every year they raise enough money to provide Christmas presents for Orphans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The challenge, sweaty vans, sleepless night and deeper connections they get from running Ragnar are all an added bonus to the big reason they’re out there. And when you do take notice of their heroic efforts, they are humbled.
“So many people come up and thank us,” said Chris Gordan, a member of Team Operation Giveback. “It’s pretty cool that the other runners will take time away from what they’re going through, trying to finish a Ragnar, and to come out and say thanks to us and learn more about our cause. We’re inspiring them also, so that’s pretty cool.”
Learn a little more about each of the Wounded Warriors who ran Ragnar Relay – Washington D.C. this year:
OGB Mission Statement: To Raise awareness and resources for our Wounded Warriors, their families and the children of our FALLEN HEROES.
If you would like to help Operation Giveback, please visit the following link for donations: http://www.operation-giveback.org/donate/