Runners Raise Awareness, Funds for Taylor Morris

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa - Seven Iowans ran the Des Moines Marathon to benefit a wounded soldier named Taylor Morris, who they barely knew.

Morris lost all his limbs in Afghanistan after stepping on a bomb. The runners graduated from a Cedar Falls high school with Morris. When they heard about the explosion, they said they wanted to do something to support him.

“When I heard his story, like it seriously almost brings tears to your eyes,” said Cale Stubbe. “What he did, how humble he is. He’s just a great person, and people like that you just want to get out here and do whatever you can.”

Luke Caswell, one of the seven runners, was also injured while serving in the military. He assembled his buddies for the run, and said he wanted to raise awareness for the good Morris has done.

Beside awareness, the seven runners also raised $5,400 to go toward helping Morris and his girlfriend buy a lake cabin.

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