Every week veterans and their families come to The Red Barn to experience the healing power of horses. For the past four years, we've hosted a 10k run to provide funding for these programs, but this year we've decided to do things a little differently. Instead of having the run, we believe that donors would rather 100% of donations provide direct services to veterans and their families, rather than a portion being used for event expenses.
A note from Cpl. Anthony Clay Ward's mother, Debbie Ward
"Our family became involved with the barn in 2013 when our youngest child, Abi, began riding. Our son, USMC Cpl. Anthony Clay Ward, died by suicide in 2009, and we were still reconciling the loss of our son. The Red Barn touched our souls.
During our healing process, I became acquainted with many of Clay's Marine brothers, and in 2015 this awesome group of men decided to run 6 miles in our son's honor. After sharing this with Joy, she offered to host a 10k in our son's honor. From that year forward many Marines and their families have come from all over the U.S. to run!
As we gather each year, deep healing takes place. We share. We laugh. We fondly remember. We visit the barn. The barn has helped facilitate healing among these veterans who are so dear to our hearts.
Last year while they were here, they shared their desire to do a service project in 2019. It was expressed that a large degree of healing has taken place, and the time has come to give back to The Red Barn. When they arrive in only a few short weeks, they will kick off the barn's new program, the Cpl. Anthony Clay Ward Program for Veterans.
Will you please help a veteran and their family come to the barn?
Fill out and mail the sponsorship form or make an online donation today. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.