"We all need inspiration, hope, and motivation, and the students of this school supply me that. That’s the best part about being Travis Mills, having people behind me supporting me every step of the way.”
It has become an annual labor of love and generosity in Augusta. The St. Michael School and Travis Mills Foundation Walk-A-Thon drew nearly 200 student participants on Wednesday, May 15, raising money for both the school and the foundation, which benefits and assists wounded and injured veterans and their families.
“Students got to participate and learn the true meaning of giving back to the community,” said Denise Levesque, marketing director at St. Michael. “Students got to meet Travis Mills, walk laps around the school block for a great cause, and then enjoy a barbecue lunch. It was a great day, and the weather even cooperated, too!”
"Doing something like this makes me feel good inside, knowing we're helping these true heroes and their families,” said Barrett Perkins, a sixth grader.
For weeks, St. Michael students gathered pledges, either per lap or a flat donation, and spent Wednesday morning walking laps with parent volunteers and teachers supervising.
Prior to the event, Mills spoke to the students about the importance of what they were doing and the difference they make in many people’s lives.
Mills, a retired United States Army Staff Sergeant of the 82nd Airborne, is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was wounded by an improvised explosive device during his third tour in Afghanistan in 2012. During his recovery, Mills discovered a passion for inspiring fellow wounded servicemen and women. He created the foundation and has traveled around the country as a motivational speaker, inspiring thousands to overcome life’s challenges and defy odds. In 2015, his book, Tough as They Come, was published.