May 28, 2012

5K raises over $13,000 for wounded soldier

More than 370 people give to or take part in the event, which benefits Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills.

In Augusta this morning, runners and walkers gathered at Cony High School to raise money for wounded Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, 25, who lost both arms and legs in April after he stepped on an explosive in Afghanistan.

More than 370 people gave money or participated in the 5K, raising more than $13,000, said Ashley Harriman, a cousin of Mills’ wife, Kelsey Buck.

Harriman said she began planning the event shortly after Mills was injured.

“When this all happened, we were all overwhelmed with emotion,” she said. “It’s hard to help from Maine. But this makes it more meaningful than writing a check.”

While Mills, who is undergoing rehabilitation at a military facility out of state, watched much of the event through Skype, Harriman said she hopes he can attend the event in person next year.

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