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Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K

by Bill Sweeney
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This post is made possible with support from the Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K. All opinions are my own.

If you are looking to support a fantastic cause and attend a fun event, look no further than Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward 5K, delivered by CSX!! I love the Wounded Warrior Project and try to donate whenever I can. It’s a priority for me. The mission at Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors — and Carry Forward is your chance to put that mission in motion at one of the most powerful, one-of-a-kind events you’ll ever experience. It’s a chance to really show your support and do something pretty special at the same time. I especially wanted to talk to you about this on Veteran’s Day. 

Please consider a donation to my page if you are able to. I’m looking to raise $500 if possible. Check out the link at: carryforward.woundedwarriorproject.org/participant/William-Sweeney! Thank you!

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I Carry For…

There are so many great reasons to carry for. You obviously will have your own that are near and dear to your hearts. I just wanted to share a few of the reasons why I (and my family) decided to Carry Forward for the WWP!

Appreciation and Gratitude

I carry for all of the brave men and women and I know and do not know that risked their lives every day to protect me and all Americans. They protected our country and out way of life. They protected my family and friends, towns and businesses. Without the protection of these brave people, who knows where we would all be. And with this bravery came a price to pay, a check they happily have written knowing full well the dangers of what they signed up for. The thought of it gives me chills and it really hits home.

People like this who have suffered for this cause should not be overlooked and should not be discarded. They should be celebrated and helped in any way we and this country can. WWP Carry Forward 5K is a small way for me to pay tribute to these heroes that live among us.

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To Set a Good Example

When I talk to my kids about WWP Carry Forward 5K, I want them to really understand how I feel about it, about the cause, and about what all of these wounded warriors have sacrificed for them and for all of us. Talking about this with them should help them to understand and appreciate the bravery and sacrifice of the military and understand the meaning of service. Freedom isn’t free and I want my kids to understand that. I also always want them to know that while movie stars and comic book heroes are fun, there are real, live heroes living all around that are even more impressive than any flying man could ever be!

WWP Carry Forward 5k

For the Challenge

No one in their right mind would ever call me a runner. Quite frankly, I have not been exercising much at all lately. 2020 has been quite a year, in more ways than one. One of these ways has been me getting entirely out of shape. This was a great way to motivate me to get off of the couch and work hard to better myself and to accomplish something. Sometimes all we need is a little spark, a little reason to get moving and get things done. The WWP Carry Forward 5k was that event that ignited my drive to accomplish something and to feel better about myself at the same time.

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Why I support the WWP Carry Forward 5K

I’m supporting wounded warriors and their families at my Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward Virtual 5K for many reasons, and this quote from my donation page really sums it up very well:

When our freedom is threatened, the bravest among us step forward to protect us. Often, these servicemen and women return home with visible and invisible wounds. The mission at WWP is to honor and empower wounded warriors.


I’m asking you to join me in helping put the mission in motion. Take action for injured veterans. Give what you can. Every bit helps transform the way warriors are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities. Just click the button above and you’re on your way to helping wounded warriors take on their next mission.


Thank you for supporting me, and more importantly, supporting lifesaving programs for wounded warriors and their families.

It’s difficult to argue any of these points if you ask me. This is a great event for an even better cause and one that I am proud to support.

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What makes the Carry Forward 5K unique:

Participants choose to complete the 5K in one of three symbolic ways:

I chose to carry a flag to show support and patriotism. My son actually carried it for much for the Carry Forward 5K…he was so into it! You can also carry a weight to represent the responsibilities veterans carry while serving our country. Finally, you can carry another person to symbolize one warrior carrying another in their time of need. While this is amazing…I literally just could not do this. Maybe if I was 10 year younger, LOL, but we do what we can. 

The I Carry For… campaign puts the symbolism of “carrying for” a wounded warrior, veteran, and active duty military member front and center. It’s a strong and powerful symbol that really stuck with me and my family. I love the idea and I love the message. This honors our wounded warriors and empowers us all to not only support them but to keep them squarely in our thoughts and prayers. It is our turn to stand up for those who have fought for us by supporting the programs they need to live life to the fullest on their own terms.

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Find out more about WWP

Find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K and all of the amazing programs and events that the WWP holds. Check out the stories about the great work they do for these American Heroes! You can find them online at:

Carry Forward 5K

Donate Here

Please consider a donation to my page if you are able to. I’m looking to raise $500 if possible. Check out the link at: carryforward.woundedwarriorproject.org/participant/William-Sweeney! Thank you!

Promo Code: $5 off registration promo code for the Jacksonville, and Virtual events that you can share with your audience: ICARRY5 Code expires 11/30/20.

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Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5K was last modified: November 11th, 2020 by Bill Sweeney

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Sylvie November 12, 2020 - 9:52 AM

This is such an inspiring story! I hope the fundraising goes well :0

Kileen November 12, 2020 - 12:21 PM

This is such a wonderful idea and I applaud you for participating! The wounded warrior project is such a great cause!

Ben November 12, 2020 - 1:54 PM

I love what you’re doing to help Wounded Warrior further its mission. Now that my kid is in the Army, I have an even bigger appreciation for this group. He’s never deployed, but it makes me feel better knowing that if anything ever happens to him, he’ll have help to get through it.

Brianne November 12, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Thank you so much for doing this to help support Wounded Warrior and what they do for our vets. I think what they do is of utmost importance.

Elise Ho November 12, 2020 - 5:52 PM

Wounded Warriors is such a great cause. Our military does not always get the opportunities that they need and deserve. I am so honored to be able to coach several veterans. These are some of the most dedicated people I have ever met.

Heather November 12, 2020 - 10:23 PM

I hope to one day be able to do something like this. I love that it’s for such an important cause too!

Knycx Journeying November 13, 2020 - 4:25 AM

Looks like you have done something great and also had a great time, thanks for introducing this cause and would share this with my friends too.

Vera Ida November 13, 2020 - 3:36 PM

What a great Idea for support Wounded Warrior. This is mean a lot for them.

Emman Damian November 16, 2020 - 2:47 AM

My friend actually joined the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward 5K! It was a fun initiative. It also promotes health through fun run!

Lily November 17, 2020 - 8:22 AM

Wow what a great 5k. Glad the kids got involved.


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