The Next Generation of Eagle Fire

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Completing a half marathon (13.1 miles) is a huge accomplishment. It usually involves weeks, if not months, of physical training. The focus and mental barriers to push through take immense self-motivation. As an adult, achieving a half marathon is something to be proud of – now imagine doing it as a 10-year-old. 

Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) members, Parker Andres and his father, Gregory Andres, an Army veteran, recently completed the Scally Wompus River Road Run Half Marathon in Texas. 

Parker is no stranger to difficult tasks. He fought cancer for six years. Parker battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia from the age of two until he was eight. The treatment for this type of cancer is extremely long, but Parker’s ability to stay positive and his can-do attitude helped him beat the disease. 

Parker’s running journey began three years ago with the Healthy Kids Running Series, starting with short distances and adding on mileage over time. After completing his first 5k (3.1 miles) last year, Parker focused his ambition on a half marathon. 

Gregory supported and encouraged his son to continue his individual achievements. Gregory had known about Team RWB for several years, but decided to join the team for additional support.

“We joined the local chapter and met some of the local guys. They have a few people who go running on the weekend. Sign me up,” said Gregory. 

They quickly found the support they were looking for with their teammates by their side as they began running with their local Team RWB chapter. 

When asked why he enjoys running with his dad and being part of Team RWB, Parker said, “Well, I don’t want to get lost. It’s good to have people with me so I know where I’m going.” 

Gregory is most proud of Parker’s ability to never give up. 

“He has mental endurance and it shows on long runs because that’s two hours and 18 minutes of wanting to give up. He just didn’t, and that amazes me,” said Gregory.

Veterans and their family members like Parker and Gregory are why Team RWB exists. Eagle Nation helps to fight isolation and the health and wellness challenges they face. 

Our tomorrow looks bright, strong, and successful with the next generation of Eagles, like Parker!

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