Fraternity brothers walk 128 miles, raising awareness for Wounded Warriors

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Dozens of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity members from Troy University are spending their spring break going the extra mile.

"We started in the middle of campus at the quad and our end point is pretty much the beach," Troy University Sophomore Will Miller said.

The group is participating in an annual philanthropy called "Walk Hard". It's a six day, 128.3 mile, trek from Troy, Alabama to Panama City Beach and it's all for a good cause.

"We raise money for Jeep Sullivan's Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures. He takes Purple Heart Veterans and other Wounded Warriors out hunting and fishing, taking them out of the stresses of their home environment and just spreads the gospel there," Troy University Senior Alex Castanza said.

For some, the event hits close to home.

"I'm walking for my brother. That's why I've been so involved the past three years, give up that spring break so I can actually give back and show my appreciation to him and everybody else that we affect," Castanza said.

While it's not an easy trip, they say the impact they're making is worth the distance.

The group raised about $48,000 last year and hopes to raise even more this year.

The fraternity brothers are expected to be in Panama City Beach Wednesday.