Today we’re featuring MSG Cedric King, who also exemplifies Travis’s motto, “Never Give Up, Never Quit.” When asked to tell us about his injuries, Cedric said, “Travis and I, we’re the same person, just with different injuries. Our stories intertwine and parallel.”
What motivated you to get where you are today? “Family and faith are the only things that get me through right now. These two elements helped me when I didn’t want to get up. Faith helps me believe in a brighter future. Faith keeps me going—this didn’t happen for nothing. I believe in a higher power who loves me enough to say, ‘I’m not doing this to hurt you, I’m doing this to help you.'” His family, which includes his wife and children, is there for him constantly. Cedric says, “There are people around me who love me, not because I had legs, not because I was strong, not because I could pick up my kids. They love me for the part of me that you can’t see. They love me for what’s on the inside. That’s the part of you they can’t smell, they can’t see.”
Cedric’s Next Goals Next year, Cedric will retire and leave Walter Reed. He is in the process of writing a book and is working to seek funding for it. Cedric has started a foundation and is in the process of getting 501(c)3 approval. He’s making plans to fundraise by running from Walter Reed to Charlotte, North Carolina. This 400 mile journey will take about two months, with Cedric running five to seven miles a day, with an RV following him along the way.
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