Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Day 123: Supported Running Joe



I love getting random act suggestions.  I actually like doing random acts that are suggested more than the ones I come up with on my own because typically they are things that are important to someone.  I also love doing things to help support the men and women of the Armed Forces.  Recently a reader (Thanks Chelsea P!) suggested a random act that involved a member of the Armed Forces, so I knew it was too good to pass up.

Joseph Lee Ortiz a.k.a. Running Joe is a veteran of the United States Navy.  Due to the physical toll of active duty, as well as a car accident, Joe suffered from hip and back pain that "took control of his life."  In 2010, Joe decided to make a change and began running, which surprisingly left him with little to no pain.  When he saw the benefits that running had on his well-being and health, he decided he would make a habit of it.  Since 2010, Joe has 3 Ultra Marathons, 11 Marathons and 8 Half-Marathons.  Recently, however, he has decided to take it one step thousands of steps further.  Joe recently embarked on a journey to support The Wounded Warrior Project, The American Diabetes Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Karno's Kids which battles childhood obesity.  This journey, dubbed The Trot to Texas, will see Joe run from Mission Beach, San Diego to his hometown of Aransas Pass, Texas.  In 31 days, Joe will have run over 1500 miles crossing through 4 states.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I left words of encouragement on Joe's Facebook page.  I am also purchasing one of his wristbands to support The Wounded Warrior project.  Good luck Joe!  I will be following the whole way.

4 comments:

  1. My husband is a wounded warrior also. He recently (Saturday)was able to do the 3 gun volley at his dads funeral along side of his Cousin who is enlisted in the Army National Guard. I have not had time to write about it on my blog but I have pictures posted on my Facebook page. I love these Wounded Warriors as they never let go of the Army Spirit and it shows when they beat the odds after injury.

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  2. Running Joe is the embodiment of self efficacy and making the best of a bad situation.Bye the way,you are also an inspiration to me and I am certain many others.Do you have any interest in adults with severe mental illnesses?I am one,and I credit my recovery to the Art Program at Arundel Lodge in Annapolis,MD.Of course there are many other talents being discovered by my peers.Maybe you might want to check it out!

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  3. i love reading the random acts of kindness. these are highly inspirational and teach something new everyday. Running Joe is a hero indeed!!!

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  4. I'm from Aransas Pass and I am so very proud of Running Joe. This young man is an inspiration to all, that if you set your mind to it anything can be achieved! I'll be one of many praying for him and awaiting for his return to his home town.

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