Will’s Walk

Will proves power of personal fundraisers

Will is an amazing fifth-grader from Illinois who says veterans are his heroes, especially those who struggle with mental health issues associated with PTSD. That’s why this kind kid decided to raise money for his 11th birthday by walking 100 miles for veterans—3.3 miles every day for 30 days—and donating the proceeds to Freedom Service Dogs. Will also invited local veterans from his community to join him on his walk and share their stories of service. On the last day of September, Will completed his 100-mile goal and celebrated his success by triumphantly crossing a red tape “finish line” across the sidewalk in front of his home.

 Says Will’s mom, Erin, “For an entire month, he walked before school, after school, on weekends, rain or shine, hot or cold, motivated or not. And he has learned so much with every mile, challenging himself in ways he hasn’t been challenged before.”

We’re thrilled to report that Will’s Walk raised an incredible $3,581.50 for FSD! Although Will’s mission to walk 100 miles is complete, you can still donate directly to Freedom Service Dogs through Will’s Walk fundraiser here.

Thank you, Will, on behalf of all the veterans who are waiting for their very own Freedom Service Dogs.

We love people, like Will, who come up with creative personal fundraisers! If you have an idea for a fundraiser of your own, contact Alex DiMarchi at [email protected].

Contact Erin Conley at econley@freedomservicedogs.org for all media inquiries.