Ok, I am back. I was out of commission for about 36 hours with a stomach flu. I am not 100% yet, but feel much better. I look forward to getting the blog up to date!
What would you sacrifice for others? What would you put your body through physically to help someone else out…to help people that you don’t even know?
On Saturday my friend Surjeet and I were walking through Dupont Circle and saw some guys doing what looked to be push-ups. I remember saying something like, “They aren’t even doing the push-ups right…they are doing them like girls.” What I saw were four people doing some type of modified push-up…then rising to their feet and doing something like a jumping-jack.
We went over to investigate. As it turns out they were doing a challenge to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit charged with honoring and empowering severely injured service men and women. The four men had taken a challenge to do 3,000 “burpees.”
They were at around 2,000 when I arrived. Manni was in the lead. He took time out of his painful commitment to speak with me. The last part of the video I recorded about an hour after the first segment. Manni’s condition in the latter segment has visibly deteriorated. He was nonresponsive to questions from me and others at that point…just focused on finishing.
Manni finished all 3,000 burpees in 8hrs 5min. He later said to me in an email, “It was absolutely the hardest money I ever worked for, and I didn’t get to keep any of it!”
Thanks to all those who participated in the Wounded Warrior Project challenge and to those who generously donated. Manni is the real deal…he is a guy that you want on your team. Thanks Manni for your sacrifice on Saturday and for your service to our country.