RPM 9/11 Victory Race Supports SHARE Military Initiative
On Sunday, Sept. 9, hundreds of runners, walkers and spectators will gather at the Ryan P. Means American Legion House at Chastain Park for the 8th annual RPM 9/11 Victory Race. The race is held each year in honor and memory of Ryan P. Means, a member of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Unit who passed away due to illness during a deployment in Iraq in 2009.
The 5K race is hosted by Ryan’s family, and for the fifth consecutive year, all proceeds will benefit Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative, comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for active duty or separated service members who have served in the U.S. military since September 11, 2001 and who are experiencing symptoms of or have a diagnosis of mild to moderate brain injury, or concussions and any co-occurring psychological or behavioral health concerns, including post-traumatic stress.
“We first learned about the SHARE Military Initiative in 2014,” Alfie Means, one of Ryan’s three brothers, says. “Our family immediately saw SHARE as the perfect program to support, and we’re honored to have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for this life-changing program over the past several years.”
Since 2011, thousands of runners have raised more than $450,000 for the SHARE Military Initiative.
To learn more, visit rpm911race.com.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.