Event to benefit local veteran through the Hope For The Warriors®

 JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (March 10, 2016) – Hope For The Warriors is honored to be part of this year’s Frogman 3D Bowhunters Challenge and 5k Trail Run event in Jacksonville, N.C. The event honors the final wish of fallen service member SOC Christopher Campbell (USN) to support fellow veterans. Proceeds from the event will go to a local combat wounded service member, Adel Abudayeh and his family, through Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Campbell, a Jacksonville native, lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he and 30 others were riding was shot down on August 6, 2011. His wish conveyed to his family that the story of his life be told in his local hometown paper and that funds be given to organizations that support combat wounded service members.

The Frogman 3D Bowhunters Challenge fundraiser was inspired by Campbell’s love for the outdoors. New to the Frogman 3D Bowhunters Challenge is a 5K trail run, as well as a virtual run in which anyone can participate. Campbell’s family created this event in his honor, utilizing a local military nonprofit to honor a local service member, Abudayeh.

“What better way to [honor Chris] than to donate to a local combat wounded veteran and keep his legacy alive locally,” said Angelina Campbell, widow of Chris Campbell. “Thank you to all that support this cause and all those who have struggled through those injuries sustained in the fight to maintain freedom. You, like Christopher, are not forgotten.”

The group behind The Purple Heart Art Project aims to reach as many veterans as possible through their creations. One of the many benefits of the Purple Heart Art Project is creating art through teamwork. Because nothing in the military is accomplished by one service member, teamwork keeps the projects moving forward to continue the mission.

Abudayeh created The Purple Heart Art Project to let veterans practice their love of art while giving them opportunities to sell their creations. The Purple Heart Art Project gives veterans an outlet to continue their recovery process, providing business opportunities, networking in the art community, and support from other veterans in the group.

The Frogman 3D Bowhunters Challenge will take place in Jacksonville, N.C., on Saturday, March 19 at 555 Grants Creek Road. For more information on the event, please contact Karen Nilan, knilan@hopeforthewarriors.org.