Army SGT. Travis Wood

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Sgt. Travis Wood


In June of 2007, U.S. Army Sergeant Travis Woods was severely injured after three anti-tank mines blew up under the door of his truck in Afghanistan. His doctors told him that he wasn’t going to survive due to massive blood loss. More than 100 people showed up to donate blood to save his life. He sustained injuries to his leg, spinal cord and sternum, punctured his liver, crushed his pelvis and suffered from other injuries.

He was told that he would never walk again and that he would be paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life. After 84 surgeries and the loss of his leg, Woods defied odds and walked again. In 2018, Travis, his wife Stephanie, and three kids Madeline, Charlotte, and Ryan attended the retreat for the first time.


“What a wonderful week this has been! We have loved every minute! The lake was so fantastic and it was so nice to sit and float. It’s very good PT for my hubby! My kids had a BLAST with your wonderful staff! They loved my kids and helped them and boosted their confidence! They even made my little apparatus on the ropes course so my son could do something on the ropes course! He was too scared to do it at first but they all cheered him on! Thank you for caring so much for us! The zoo was so much fun! We loved everything we did! My kids even learned how to shoot a bow and arrow! We cannot thank you enough!” – SGT. Travis Wood, Stephanie, Madeline, Charlotte, and Ryan