We first met Leslie Mayne back in May as a finalist in Verity Credit Union's "Super Mom" contest. At that time, she was busy organizing a race to benefit servicemen and women suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries. The race is, in part, a tribute to her son Kyle, who suffered from PTSD and TBI following a deployment to Iraq... and who, tragically, died.
The race is now about to become a reality. "Race for a Soldier" takes place this weekend, kicking off with a prayer breakfast on Friday, October 14th and culminating in a half-marathon on Sunday, October 16th. More than 1100 people are registered to run.
Leslie joined Margaret to talk more about the race, along with Army Staff Sergeant Aaron McCarthy, who lives with PTSD and TBI as a result of injuries suffered on patrol in Iraq. His treatment includes a service dog. Retired Navy Commander Don Leingang from the Puget Sound USO also spoke about why the group threw its support behind Race for a Soldier, and how the changes the USO has made to serve the changing needs of the military community, which includes a growing number of loved ones dealing with injuries and other stressful issues.
Leslie's brother, ESPN's Kenny Mayne, will emcee Race for a Soldier. Leslie will walk Mile 9 of the race alone, in memory of Kyle, who wore #9 when he played football. For more information about Sunday's race and Friday's prayer breakfast, please click here.
For more information about the Puget Sound USO, please click here.