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When Travis Ellis — co-founder of The Shepherd’s Men, vice president of Marietta-based Mobilized Fuels, Inc. and 2017 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Citizen Heroes Award recipient — asked me if I would be willing to travel with the group during their run this year to help with photography and social media, I immediately accepted the incredible invitation.

On Memorial Day, Shepherd’s Men will complete the seventh and final leg of its seven-day run benefiting the SHARE (Shaping Hope And Recovery Excellence) Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center in Buckhead. SHARE provides support for service men and women who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health concerns following service in post-9/11 wars.

The 22-kilmoeter run distance is representative of the fact that every day 22 American veterans commit suicide — many of which suffer from TBIs and PTSD. Further illustrating this harrowing reality, each Shepherd’s Men member completes the multi-city journey wearing a flak vest with armored plates, weighing 22 pounds, symbolically sharing the burden with those who may be lost, weary and longing for hope.

The run is open to the public, and members of the community are encouraged to walk, run or cheer alongside the Shepherd’s Men members. Shepherd’s Men will begin the race at The Varsity on North Avenue in Midtown at 1:30 p.m.

Following the race, a homecoming reception celebration will be held in front of the Shepherd Center’s Woodruff Family Residence Center. There will be games, refreshments and ice cream. The reception is open to the public.

Other 2018 run cities include Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Johnson City and Athens.

The Varsity’s limited-edition, 90th-anniversary cups will be available for sale. With purchase, guests can enjoy unlimited refills on soft drinks for the rest of the year and $0.90 refills on Frosted Oranges and milkshakes. All of cup sales benefit Shepherd’s Men. The Varsity has pledged to raise $90,000 for the organization as part of the restaurant’s 90th anniversary celebration.

The Shepherd Center is located at 2020 Peachtree Road in Atlanta.

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