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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.

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About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.