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Andy Wirth: Helping the Navy Seal Foundation

Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski holdings and a philanthropist. He has always enjoyed being physically active. Years ago he fell in love with sky diving but in October 2013 he had a life changing accident. While skydiving with two friends and he unknowingly put himself in bad position due to weather. He suffered from a bad landing in which his arm was torn off. After three months in a hospital, Mr. Wirth began his journey to recovery. He returned to his home in Tahoe and realized that the accident had set him much further back than he had thought. He had to regain his fitness, his way of life. The recovery process was slow and not only physically taxing but he suffered emotionally.

A chain of events led Wirth to befriend a Navy Seal team during their winter combat training in the mountains. He and members of the team shared similar interest and Wirth found himself riding his bike once more. Enthusiastic he recorded himself during a bike ride and sent the video to a friend, IRONMAN CEO Andrew Messick.
Wirth had been pushing for the IRONMAN 70.3 race in his town for some time. It was finally announced, Wessick telling him he finally got his race. Wirth gathered a relay team with one of the Navy Seals he had met as the swimmer, an old college friend as the cyclist and himself as the runner. They named their team Special Warfare Warrior Support Team and began to raise funds of the Navy Seal Foundation, which provides immediate and ongoing assistance for the Naval Special Warfare Community and their families. They raised over $30,000.
That was in September 2014 and he plans on running again this year. The Special Warfare Warriors IRONMAN team are looking for donations to help a noble cause. Their goal is to raise $30,000 USD by September 20th, 2015. They have raised 44% of it so far but they still need your help in supporting this amazing foundation. You can donate or volunteer by going to Special Warfare Warriors Crowdrise