One Eastern North Carolina man has overcome all odds to recover from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
SSgt. Ryan Anderson was injured in Iraq in 2006 when he was subjected to 7 improvised explosive device explosions in three days.
The injuries SSgt. Anderson sustained eventually left him nearly unable to walk and his ability to speak fading.
"The doctors told me they didn't think I would be able to walk again," SSgt. Anderson said. "They didn't think I would be able to stay in the Marine Corps. Here I am six years later, still going strong."
SSgt. Anderson started rehabilitation in 2010 on a hand bike. Three years later, he can now travel up to 70 miles on a regular bike.
SSgt. Anderson originally started training with a man named Paul Kelly. Kelly was injured 35 years ago in a pool accident where he broke his back. He is now a quadriplegic who does marathons on his one of a kind hand pedal bike.
SSgt. Anderson said it's Kelly's encouragement that helped him learn to ride a bike, and even run, again.
"He's the one who really inspired me, regardless of my injury, to keep on going," SSgt. Anderson said.
Now, both Kelly and SSgt. Anderson plan to do the half marathon in Jacksonville on Saturday. The Run for the Warriors is an event to raise support for wounded veterans, active military and their families.
The organization behind the half marathon, Hope for the Warriors, takes donations which benefit those families.
For more information on the race and how to donate visit the Hope for the Warriors website: http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/