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Hundreds gather for Lt. Dan Independence 5K Run and Ride



Hundreds of runners and cyclists came together at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort for the Lt. Dan Independence 5K Run and Ride, benefiting wounded veterans.

"It's fun running and I wanted to help the veterans," said Joel Dewolfe, St. Peter's Catholic School. 

"We rode in this ride last year and I was really inspired by the riders that were here, the vets that came," said Liz Perch, Savannah. 

Perch recently came back from an injury herself and wanted to make a difference for the veterans.

"I raised money with my friends, my family and I raised $2500 to support the Independence Fund," said Perch.

"I came in support of our troops," said Carlina Davis. "It's close to home. I have two sons in the Marine Corps."

Seeing all of this support meant a lot to SSgt R.J. Thorman and other wounded veterans, who are visiting this week as part of the Independence Fund's 3rd Annual Lt. Dan Week.

"The community was great," said SSgt. R.J. Thorman.  "They all came out and I didn't expect this much crowd.  For them to set up something like this is awesome, now words can describe it, it's awesome." 

Wounded veterans like Leanna Henson also got the opportunity to participate in the ride - using a special cycle, giving her and others a new feeling of freedom. 

"I haven't been able to go outside for awhile and ride so it's kind of fun, pretty neat," said Henson. 

Now she and several others will get one of these special cycles to keep. 

"It's great, it's another way of regaining a part of yourself," said Thorman.  "You might not be on two wheels, you're still on wheels."

It's just another way others are giving back to these veterans who have given so much.  


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