'Race For The Warrior' fills airplane runway with those who want to help military families

Saturday morning the fourth annual race that supports military families took over the Fort Wayne International Airport runway.

Posted: Apr 28, 2018 8:32 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The Northeast Indiana Base Community Council got over 400 people who braved the cold Saturday morning to take foot on the airport's runway.

They're giving back to the people who serve this country.

"We provide emergency financial aid to military members and their families in the moment of need," Organizer Patrick Dooley said.

The Race for Warrior 5k is their largest fundraiser. People walk or run to raise the money.

"When you're deployed then there's periods that your house knows your furnace is going to break down, well if you're thousand miles away, this fund helps solve those problems,"he said.

This year they could raise even more money. that's because it's not just for walkers and runners.

"We have about 500 walkers, runners and people in wheelchairs. This is the first time we have a wheelchair division. We have six wheelchair folks in there."

Janette Henry is one of them.

"I loved it,"Henry said.

She and others have been waiting for this moment.

"I'm at Turnerstone 2 days a week and I train there and I wheel around there. I get myself going and all that,"she added.

Dooley said with the sponsorships and volunteers, they've probably raised close to 35 to 40 thousand dollars to help military families in need.

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