On April 11th, 2017, I will run 20 miles every day for 100 consecutive days to raise awareness of the Veteran Suicide rate currently estimated at 20 per day (Department of Veteran Affairs, 2014). This challenge will consist of runs that span across multiple states, counties and cities--carrying with it the message of my cause. No American has attempted this in the history of recorded human endurance. It is in part inspired by the Monks of Mount Hiei, also known as the "Marathon Monks", who perform a similar feat as a means to enlightenment.
Upon completion of this challenge, myself and a dedicated team of professionals and Veteran Advocates will be hosting a two and a half day retreat at Remuda Ranch Retreat & Empowerment Center in the serene and ecologically nurturing forests of Sisters, OR. It isdesigned to create the environment in which troubled or adaptive Veterans can release their emotional burdens and reconnect in mind, body and spirit. This retreat will include equine therapy, yoga & meditation, mental strength seminars, and outdoor activities.
All staff and providers will be working pro bono and will be covering all costs of attendees. 100% of proceeds raised from this fund will go toward covering logistical and operational costs of the retreat as well as provide critical resources for two outstanding Veteran non-profits: Operation Enduring Warrior and National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide.
Your generous ccontributions are deeply appreciated and will help our vision become a reality.
Live Your Legend
Everyone is destined to be great at something...
Hercules was the son of the most significant figures in Greek mythology, yet he was made to struggle through incredible difficulties in order to fulfill the purpose of his life. It does not matter who your parents are or where you are from--you can and must make something of your life. You have a responsibility to yourself to fulfill that purpose and to be relentless in its pursuit.
Your continued love and support is deeply appreciated. I hope my 'Labors' help raise much needed awareness for causes that I believe are worth every ounce of the pain and sacrifice that they encompass. I also hope to inspire you all to tackle your own challenges and overcome any adversity that you might face along your own journey to greatness.
- The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away -
Filmed by Gabriel Gallant, Paul Skinner & Jennifer Willis
Photos by Gabriel Alan Gallant