PANAMA CITY - A Panama City veteran, who was wounded in combat, is now helping those who helped him recover from his injuries.
Sgt. Carter Hess was a paratrooper with 82nd Airborne Division. On June 29, 2012, during his second deployment to Afghanistan, Hess lost his left leg, below the knee, when an IED exploded in an area south of Khandahar.
After surgeries and therapy at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland, Carter is able to walk and even run again. But he's doing so much more than that.
Hess originally planned to host the Haul of Heroes 5k run/walk and 1 mile fun run on June 29, which was the first anniversary of his "alive day."
"Its their second shot at life," Hess told NewsChannel 7 in June. "A lot of guys celebrate their alive day more so than their birthday."
The event was rained out. But like any true hero, Hess refused to give up. He fought to reschedule the race. It will be held Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the Bay County Courthouse in downtown Panama City.
The Haul of Heroes will raise money for three organizations that helped Hess and other combat wounded soldiers:
Warrior Beach Retreat - provides a weekend of rest and relaxation at the beach for wounded warriors
Fisher House Foundation - provides airfare and a home for military families while their loved one is hospitalized
K9s for Warriors - rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to be service dogs for wounded warriors
Allison Hess, Carter's sister, said more than 400 people have already signed up. You can register until Wednesday at haulofheroes.com.