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Nonprofit Helps Little Heroes; 5K this Weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A local nonprofit called Life's Journey is holding its inaugural Little Heroes 5K Saturday. Proceeds from the event benefit children of military and law enforcement.
If a kid can have an opportunity to go to a sports camp, go to a fishing outing, anything, that takes their mind off either what happened to their family member or what their family member is going through, I'm all for it.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A local nonprofit called Life's Journey is holding its inaugural Little Heroes 5K Saturday.

Proceeds from the event benefit children of military and law enforcement.

Sergeant William "Spanky" Gibson was the first soldier to voluntarily return to combat after loosing his leg in combat. He's a spokesperson for the USO and has been on major news programs.

This event hits close to home for him, and he says more programs like this are needed for children of those in the military and emergency services.

"May 16th, 2006, I was on foot patrol in Ramadi, Iraq during the surge of that summer, and got shot through the left knee."

Gibson spent more than two decades in the Marine Corps, and while work was a top priority, he also has four children.

"My youngest was 2 when I was shot and lost my leg."

He says he's thankful for organizations like Life's Journey and the events they offer for children of those in the military and emergency services.

"The fact that I had organizations that stepped up and took care of my daughter and helped out with all the things that came into facet with children, especially the very little children that don't understand, that's important to me."

The founder of Life's Journey -- Roger Rekate -- says the non-profit helps young kids and military needs, as well as the homeless.

"A simple way of doing that, I think, is helping our kids with sporting events, and that's really what this event is all about, helping kids to do activities and sports like basketball, baseball, for the military, law enforcement, and firefighters that are out there serving our country."

"If a kid can have an opportunity to go to a sports camp, go to a fishing outing, anything, that takes their mind off either what happened to their family member or what their family member is going through, I'm all for it," adds Gibson.

The 5K tomorrow, as well as many other events, raise money to provide scholarships to family members of people who sacrifice for our country.

"I would high regret it if there wasn't an opportunity for my family or kids, or other people's family or kids, to be taken care of in my absence," says Gibson.

The Little Heroes 5K is tomorrow, September 7th, and the event kicks off at 7:15 am.

If you would like to participate, you still can! It's 25 dollars, registrations opens at 7 am, just meet south of Hammons student center, lot 24-A.

100% of the proceeds will go to children of military and emergency services.
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