Why I Run: Charlie’s Story

One of the Travis Mills Foundation team’s favorite aspects of the Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K is the stories of runners, walkers and handcyclists about why they run this particular race.

For many, its personal.

Charlie’s Story

Falmouth, Maine, resident and Vietnam Navy Veteran Charlie Drew finds the story of U.S. Army SSG (Ret.) Travis Mills to be inspirational and runs the Miles for Mills Memorial Day Weekend 5K in order to share the stories of military families with others in the community.

“I saw things [about the Travis Mills Foundation] on the news when he first started the Foundation. I get the emails and I’ve been so to some of the events and functions [that have been] held,” Charlie said.

Charlie says that his five years of service to the military encourages him to participate in events and give back to the military community.

“I wish I could do more and join the great bunch of volunteers. The volunteers are really great people,” Charlie said.

This will be Charlie’s fourth year doing the Miles for Mills Memorial Day 5K.

The 12th annual Miles for Mills Memorial Day Weekend 5K, presented by New Balance Foundation, will be held Sunday, May 28 at Brunswick Landing, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The race will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. Registration is $35.

About the Travis Mills Foundation

The Travis Mills Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports post 9/11 veterans who experienced life changing injuries while in service to our country. The Travis Mills Foundation Veterans Retreat offers our nation’s recalibrated veterans and their families a week-long, barrier free, all expenses-paid experience at its world-class retreat in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine. It offers various programs that help these brave men and women overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation. The Foundation also offers the Warrior PATHH Program (Progressive & Alternative Training for Helping Heroes) for post-911 combat veterans and first responders, the nation’s first of its kind program designed to cultivate and facilitate Post-Traumatic Growth. Learn more >>>