When you hear the story of Andy Wirth, words like courage, bravery and perseverance come to mind. However, he would likely sooner attribute these words to a high class of military personnel. And now his efforts are to aid in assisting them and their families.
In October of 2013 Wirth, an avid skydiver, was making a jump with some friends. Weather conditions forced him to land in a vineyard, where a pole holding up the vines severed his arm. Although he knew he was losing enough blood to put his life in danger, Wirth managed to remain calm until help arrived. He was rushed to a hospital where the arm was miraculously reattached. Then the long journey back to health began.
After three months in the hospital, Wirth was back home in Lake Tahoe and looking to resume his fitness routine. It just so happened that a Navy SEAL team was in his town doing their winter mountain combat training. Wirth quickly befriended many of these men. He credits their spirit and counsel as an integral part of his recovery. Their stories and courage motivated him on the long road back to elite physical shape.
Now, having gotten as close to what he’d call “normal” as he’s been in his whole recovery, Adam has his eye on the Ironman Triathlon. As he trains, he’s got a new cause to motivate him. He’s assembled a team that includes a close friend from college as the cycler, a new Navy SEAL friend as the swimmer and himself as the runner. Calling themselves the Special Warfare Warrior Support Team, they are out to not only win, but raise funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Established in 2000, the Navy SEAL Foundation provides ongoing support for the Naval Special Warfare Community. Navy SEALS are required to spend much of the year training and serving overseas, leaving their families behind. Many return with lost limbs and illnesses. Some give their lives in sacrifice for their country. The foundation provides critical support for Navy SEAL families in such times. It also develops programs to assist family members with health, welfare and education.
You can help. Adam Wirth and his buddies have a goal of $30,0000 to raise for the Foundation. Visit the Crowdrise web page at https://www.crowdrise.com/wwsupport and donate today. Your contribution will help to support the members and families of a branch of military that has done so much to protect our everyday life here at home.