Some community members spent Saturday morning in the pool, swimming 100 laps for our nation’s veterans.
Leading this effort, brothers Michael and Kara Ahern of Plainville presented a check for $30,000 for the Travis Mills Foundation.
“It’s the biggest event we’ve had so far. It got big enough that we brought Travis in,” Michael said.
Travis Mills is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to have survived, but that doesn’t stop him from living life to the fullest.
“Never live life on the sidelines. Always be active with your family and community, and never be afraid of anything new,” Mills said.
His retirement in Maine gives injured 9/11 veterans and their families a chance to relax and find strength through adaptive sports. Funds raised by Michael and his family will allow eight families to stay free for one week in August.
“It started with just a donation that sponsored a family, now they’re sponsoring a whole week of families, which is not an easy task to raise that much money, but they’ve done it consistently,” said said Mills.
At just eight years old, Michael knew he wanted to help veterans. Now 12, he and his sister have raised over $60,000 for the Travis Mills Foundation through their Miles for Mills 5K, swim-a-thons and Scoops for Troops.
Saturday was the Ahern family’s third annual swim event, where they were joined by friends, family and community members.
“I’m a swimmer so I want to do my part and that’s how we created the swim-a-thon,” Kara said.
This month, Michael will travel to Charleston, South Carolina to accept the 2022 Citizens Award for Youth Service from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.