The ‘Virtual Legacy Run’ Movement

Published On: June 9, 2016Categories: NewsBy

Lisa Keys, the widow of U.S. Army Master Sergeant Bradley Keys, has started an innovative new movement to host a national ‘Virtual Legacy Run’ to honor her husband and raise funds to help support the children of America’s fallen military and first responders through Angels of America’s Fallen. As a virtual event, anyone across the country can register with a donation via Lisa’s Crowdrise site and participate by walking, running, or through your chosen activity on the weekend of August 13-14th—the weekend before her late husband’s birthday. MSG Keys, a highly decorated soldier and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, died during a Special Forces training exercise in December of 2012.

You can join the movement in honor of MSG Keys and any of your fallen heroes in two ways:

Participant: You can register as a participant HERE.

Join the Team: You can create a sub-campaign from Lisa’s Crowdrise page and work to raise funds through your own network. A GoPro HD Hero 4 is being offered to the person who raises more than $500 AND closes out the event as the top fundraiser.

Funds raised against the event’s $25,000 goal will go directly to Angels of America’s Fallen to help the organization in their mission of funding healthy developmental activities for the children of America’s fallen military and first responders.

“Bradley loved to run and this event is an impactful way for us to honor his legacy on his birthday,” said the event organizer, Lisa Keys. “After his death, my son Ethan and I adopted Bradley’s passion for running as a way to continue to connect with our fallen hero. We invite everyone to join us in remembering Bradley and all of America’s finest as we raise funds to support the children of our fallen.”

The couple’s son Ethan, now 16 years old, has cerebral palsy and accompanies his mom on runs in an Adaptive Star stroller that was provided by Angels of America’s Fallen when Ethan’s original chair was damaged beyond repair during a family move.

“Our passion at Angels of America’s Fallen is honoring and giving back to the families that have given so much to this great nation,” stated Joe Lewis, the Founder and CEO of Angels of America’s Fallen. “Lisa’s initiative in organizing this event to honor her husband and to give back to our organization is sincerely humbling—it truly redefines giving back.”


About Master Sergeant Bradley Keys

MSG Bradley Keys was a soldier, father, and loving husband. He proudly served his country for almost six years with multiple deployments supporting the GWOT with the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He also worked with U.S. Army Special Forces Command. MSG Keys is a highly awarded and decorated soldier, receiving (among other awards and honors) the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Valorous Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. MSG Keys died in December of 2012 during a specialized training exercise.

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