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There are awesome ways to raise money or awareness to your cause through physical activity, whether it be a marathon or a walk, but Chris Ring is going so incredibly far and beyond to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Ring is a U.S. Navy combat veteran and has seen all of the destruction that war can bring not only to the soldiers, but to their families as well. That’s why he started the “Swim For Their Sacrifice” challenge. This unbelievable man will swim the ENTIRE Mississippi River, an achievement that has never been accomplished. A ridiculous feat that will take six months for Chris to accomplish and see him swim for 2,552 miles.
On June 6 which is the anniversary of D-Day, Chris began his epic journey in Lake Itasca in Minnesota and he plans to swim all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, which he hopes to arrive on December 12. Ring has been averaging about 14 miles per day, as he spends some of his time meeting with families who lost a loved one defending this great country.
Chris Ring’s mission is sponsored by Legacies Alive, a nonprofit organization based in Pennsylvania. The money that is raised will go directly to support the families and to projects that will memorialize their loved ones in their hometowns.
“Meeting these families and the strength for what they’ve gone through and are going through, it fuels me day to day to keep going,” Ring said.
Legacies Alive’s mission statement:
Legacies Alive strengthens and supports every family of the fallen and brings national awareness to the life and character of each service member who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We want to provide unwavering support to families of the fallen by ensuring the legacies of our fallen heroes are forever alive.
You can donate to this tremendous cause here.