CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Two Cape Coral Marines are about to tackle an exhausting task: running more than 600 miles! It's all to raise awareness and money for the nonprofit Wounded Warriors Project.
Both men are going the distance for injured soldiers across the country.
Doug Meyer and Jose Isa consider themselves more like brothers than best friends. The Marine riflemen served together in Iraq and Afghanistan, and have seen first-hand the toll war has taken on their fellow soldiers.
"It's kind of lifechanging. You see what they're going through, you want to help them as much as possible," said Isa.
They say the Wounded Warrior Project - a non-profit organization - has helped their friends, despite devastating injuries, maintain a spirit of survival.
"He came back, he was extremely hurt and they gave him everything he could ask for," explained Isa.
On June 28th the two Marines will join three others calling themselves the Grunt Runners. They'll tackle a grueling 641 miles, running from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Ground Zero in New York. "We're all shooting at least 6 miles per person, then switch off," said Meyer.
The marines have raised about $3,000 so far but their goal is to raise $20,000. "It gives me goosebumps, to see that people are actually reaching out and helping," said Isa.
The Marines say its a small journey they hope will make a big difference in a fellow soldier's life.
All donations to to the Wounded Warrior Project. To learn more about the Marines and how you can donate, visit their website here: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/gruntrunners/
or their facebook page: www.facebook.com/Gruntrunners