A Lowcountry Navy Veteran celebrated a milestone birthday, but instead of having a big party and receiving gifts, Steve Kiser held a different type of gathering and gave a special gift. He gave it all he had to raise money for The Wounded Warrior Project.
Steve Kiser, a Goose Creek Navy Veteran set a special goal to mark his 70th birthday. Kiser says, “Walking 70 Kilometers for my 70th birthday to raise money for Wounded Warriors. It’s going to be 146 laps around here to get my 44 miles. I’ve always been a giver. I would rather continue to give I want to help my veterans. I love our veterans.”
All while battling his own health challenges. The former submariner and avid marathon runner was severely injured on duty back in 1984. “I was doing well with my Navy career. I had made chief. I was doing well with my running career. I was ranked fourth in the nation in 1983. I had a serious accident in the Navy while on duty. I messed up my back severely. I’ve had five back operations since that time. I’ve had both my shoulders replaced, my knee replaced, two brain surgeries, and I’m still going strong,” says Kiser. He also suffered severe injuries in a car accident earlier this year. Steve says, “I had an accident back in February. I didn’t think I would be able to do this. I broke my sternum in two places. I crushed a vertebrae in my back and a I lost about 90 percent of my hearing during that accident.” Steve also survived a mini-stroke which left him blind in his right eye. Through it all, he keeps going. He keeps doing what he can to help veterans and others in need.
Over the years, he’s held three 24 hour running fundraiser marathons, and now a 12 hour event at Charleston Southern University. Kiser says, “As a disabled veteran myself, I know some of the difficulties wounded warriors go through. Thank God I don’t have artificial limbs. I’m much better off than some of them, but wounded warriors does such a wonderful job at helping our veterans, guys and gals that have given so much of their lives and to me they’re heroes, and I want to give back to America’s heroes.”
Veterans from Del Webb at Cane Bay presented a check for more than 14-hundred-dollars. Steve’s family, church members, friends, CSU staff and CSU students supported him throughout the night.
Steve Kiser began his 12-hour run/walk at 8pm on Friday night and wrapped up at 8am the next morning. He was able to cover 40.5 miles or about 65 Km. Well done Mr. Kiser!!!
His goal is to raise 10-thousand-dollars. If you would like to help him reach his goal, click here