ATO brothers to begin charity walk through Wiregrass to PCB Friday

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TROY, Ala. (WDHN) — This Friday, 36 brothers from the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Troy University will begin their annual Walk Hard journey from the university’s campus to Panama City Beach.

The brothers will walk 128.3 miles to raise money for Jeep Sullivan’s Wounded Warriors Outdoor Adventures, a nonprofit that organizes outdoor activities for injured veterans and those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.

“The blisters, joint pain, chafing and soreness are brief and fleeting,” said Josh Marvin, director of the 2021 Walk Hard campaign. “They pale in comparison to the physical and psychological injuries of the veterans we do it for.”

Two of the walkers, Jonathan Strickland and Clay McCall, are from Dothan while another, Ben Tew, is from Headland.

The brothers are expected to make their first stop in Enterprise. From there, they will continue through Florida until they make it to Pier Park next Wednesday, March 10.

Last year, ATO raised $62,000, finishing just as COVID-19 became a threat to the United States. This year’s walk will take measures to protect the brothers from the virus, including face coverings in large group settings, PPE, and increased focus on hygiene.

“What you’re doing at Walk Hard is going to change your life,” said Jeep Sullivan, the director of the nonprofit, to walkers in 2020 during last year’s campaign. “Nobody will ever be able to tell you that you can’t do something from now on.”

If you want to support the Walk Hard charity online, you can visit this link. As of this report, the fraternity has raised $61,813 of its $75,000 goal.

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