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Joppatowne High's 5K, walk Saturday benefits Wounded Warrior Project

Joppatowne High PTSA and Athletic Boosters plan to donate all money raised through a community 5K run/walk event this Saturday at noon at Joppatowne High School to assist service members who have been injured in the line of duty.

All proceeds from the Wounded Warrior 5K will be donated to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project and will support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.

More than 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated that as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

WWP's 18 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 31 at noon at Joppatowne High School. The event, a vision of Joppatowne students, is a community event for all ages with a competitive 5K race and recreational walking course. The event will start around the track in the football stadium before heading out around the campus, which includes the nature trail, before ending on the track.

"A group of students at Joppatowne who are very active in the school and the community are ready to give back to the men and women that are out there every day risking their lives so that we can have our liberties, and give back to those that unfortunately lost their lives doing so. We understand that once a soldier gets back that they are faced with many arduous obstacles that are not only physical, but mental," junior Alexis Watson said.

The event, a part of the county's service learning requirements for students for graduation, has partnered with the school's PTSA and Athletic Boosters to reach the entire community of Joppatowne. Registration for participants can be done online at joppatowne.visionproregistration.com under JHS Wounded Warrior 5K.

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