JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Richard Albero lost his nephew, Gary, in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York, he felt a responsibility to live his life in a way that would make Gary proud. So when he tried to think of a way to honor Gary, he knew that he wanted to incorporate two of his nephew's greatest passions: serving others, and the New York Yankees.
With this in mind, Albero decided to embark on an over-1,200-mile walk from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. — spring training home of the New York Yankees — to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., to raise money and awareness for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). His goal is to raise $50,000 to dedicate toward the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors through the organization's 20 free programs and services.
"I am very happy to be able to honor the memory of my nephew, Gary, by raising funds and awareness for Wounded Warrior Project," said Albero. "Gary had a great passion for serving others, and I believe my journey to support our nation's veterans would make him proud."
In the weeks since his journey began, Albero has raised over $24,000 for WWP, and, with just under 600 miles left to go, he shows no signs of slowing down. "At 65 years old, I didn't expect this walk to be easy, but the outpouring of support I have received during my journey has been nothing short of incredible," he says. "We live in a great country, and people see the value in supporting those who have made the sacrifices to defend it."
Albero himself is a diehard Yankee fan, and dedicates each mile of his walk to a different former Yankee player. His walk will culminate in June when he crosses home plate in Yankee Stadium in front of his fellow Yankee fans and several of the wounded warriors his efforts will support.
Currently, Albero is making his way through North Carolina, with stops planned in Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area in the coming weeks.
For more information on Albero's walk or to donate, please visit: www.richardsyankeeswalk.org.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project