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Warrior Transition Unit benefits from Southwestern Scorcher

LAWTON, Okla._If you're looking for a good run for a good cause, the fourth annual Southwestern Scorcher is this Saturday.

It's put on by Lawton's Southwestern Medical Center and all of the proceeds will go to Fort Sill's Warriors Transition Unit. It's a perfect fit because they have one thing in common; they both strive to rehabilitate soldiers to get back in to active duty or the community. The event includes a 5K run, a one mile walk and a one mile kids run. The race chairman said they started preparing for the event in January and they are anxious to see this year's turnout.

"We've had great participation with the city, outstanding sponsors this year. It's a great honor and a great privilege just to give back to our community since Lawton is a huge military town...giving back to those who serve us," said Kari Garza, Southwestern Scorcher chairman.

The race will start at Southwestern Medical Center at 8:00 a.m. Saturday. You can sign up online, or on race day.

The Southwestern Scorcher may sound like a fun run, but it serves a serious purpose, to raise money for those in need. Steve Harr is grateful for the help he's received so far. Harr was medically evacuated to the U.S. from injuries he sustained on a deployment in the Middle East. He's only been here for three weeks and is still awaiting a diagnosis from the internal injuries.

"A little nerve-racking. Just as a human being, you kinda want to know, but the Army's been great. They're doing everything they can to work with me and get things figured out," said Harr.

He credits WTU for giving him the guidance to help him return to active duty. The proceeds will do more than continue to fuel the mission to help rehabilitate soldiers.

"The money goes towards our program that allows our soldiers to reconnect with their families and for the families to participate with the WTU soldiers as well...barbecues, cookouts, we have an upcoming trip planned for the water park in town," said Captain Justin Crowe.

Captain Crowe says the adaptive sports help soldiers participate in games that they normally wouldn't be able to due to their medical conditions. And they choose to say the word adaptive instead of disabled for a certain reason.

"We don't look at it as a restriction. We look at a positive profile by getting the soldier focused on what they can do, not what they can't," explained Capt. Crowe.

They also have other rehabilitative sports for them including swimming and volleyball. But no matter the game, it allows them to remain active which is what's important. Crowe says he will continue to help out in any way he can to help the soldiers get better.

"I've been deployed to Afghanistan and seeing some of the soldiers in my command hurt and injured, it means a lot to me to work with soldiers. Part of making them better is something I value highly," said Capt. Crowe.

"None of us knew each other before we came here. So it brings back the team spirit of brother and sister closeness that you would get if you were in a unit and you worked together day in day out, everyday," said Harr.

Last year, the Southwestern Scorcher raised over $5,000 and they are proud to say they have already exceeded that goal.


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