AUGUSTA — With a goal of $25,000, the annual St. Michael School and Travis Mills Walk-A-Thon is scheduled to be held Wednesday, May 18, at the school on 56 Sewall St.

“It is an amazing day,” said Principal Kevin Cullen, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. “It’s always great to have Travis here. He inspires our staff, our students, and me to be better.”

For weeks, students at St. Michael School have gathered pledges from their families, friends and community members. Wounded veterans and the families served by the Travis Mills Foundation benefit from their generosity.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a speech from Mills in the school gym, followed by the students walking laps around the school block with parent volunteers supervising.

A free barbecue lunch will be offered to students and staff at 11 a.m.

Mills is a retired United States Army Staff Sergeant of the 82nd Airborne and one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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He was wounded by an improvised explosive device during his third tour in Afghanistan in 2012. During his recovery, Mills discovered a passion for inspiring fellow wounded servicemen and women. He founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families.

He has traveled around the country as a motivational speaker, inspiring thousands to overcome life’s challenges and defy odds. In 2015, his book, “Tough as They Come,” was published.

The rain date for the walk-a-thon is Wednesday, May 25.

For more information , call the school at 207-623-3491. Businesses interested in donating can email Jenn Sparda at [email protected].

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