During his time in Afghanistan in 2009 Mark was involved in an IED incident. The entire front half of Mark’s body armour was blown off his torso yet the equipment managed to protect his chest and stomach during the blast. Mark ﬁrmly believes that his duty to serve continues for life. ‘As a leader of soldiers your responsibility never ends. I feel obligated to continue to set the example for those who follow not only in my footsteps as a wounded service member, but also for those returning home from combat. My mission to continue in public outreach directly aligns with the Walking With The Wounded goal of increasing public awareness and fundraising to provide much needed services for our returning veterans.’ Motivation to complete the event is to continue to challenge myself physically following significant injuries sustained in Afghanistan. While South Pole Expedition was difficult, the unique individual challenges faced during MdS will require more mental toughness and careful planning to complete this tremendous endurance event. Demonstrating the resolve to accomplish such a difficult event can hopefully inspire others to face adversity in their own lives. ‘Running for WWTW and the Bob Woodruff Foundation reflects my support for their mission to assist in veteran reintegration and recovery. Both organizations strive to inspire others to grow and fight to overcome obstacles. My representing these organizations leverages their great brands and platforms from which to share only one story as a microcosm of the THOUSANDS of other stories where our returning veterans struggle to find their footing upon returning home from combat’.