200-mile journey honors heroes _lowres

Advocate staff photo by CHRISTINE MORGAN ARCENEAUX -- Gabe Addington, 11, creates a tye-died shirt during camp last week at the Amite Little Theatre.

Brad McKee, of The Disposable Heroes Project, began The Honor Run on June 11.

The 200-mile, nonstop journey is in homage to Louisianans who died serving their country. The Honor Run also raises money for wounded veterans and their families, according to a news release.

With a donation, supporters can sign up and run a distance of their choice with McKee and receive the official Honor Run 2014 T-shirt. The Honor Run is sponsored by Sterling Properties, Cajun Industries, and Gulfstream Property and Casualty Insurance Company. All proceeds benefit The Disposable Heroes Project.

Visit www.thedhproject.org to register.

“The DHP is all about assisting our troops. We cover areas of need that other projects don’t cover. This must never fall low on the priority list. As Americans, we have to continue taking care of the ones that do (and) have done so much for us,” McKee said. The DHP is unique because they help out in any way they can, whether that is buying a hand peddled bike for a veteran who lost his legs or furnishing a house for an injured veteran and his family who have fallen on hard times, he said.

McKee, an actor and filmmaker in New Orleans, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and completed two tours in Iraq. Following his service, McKee along with friends Samuel Macaluso and Kyle Clements, founded the Disposable Heroes Project.

For information, call McKee at (985) 687-8668 or email brad@thedhproject.org