Four Texas A&M cadets raise $5.2K for charity after hiking 1,000 miles

Four students in the Texas A&M Aggie Corps of Cadets raised thousands of dollars for charity after hiking more than 1,000 miles in two weeks.

Four cadets from Company H-1 decided to spend 13 days of their holiday break hiking from El Paso to Death Valley, California. Sophomore Hunter Birt, sophomore Jordan Rogers, junior Sebastian Brown and sophomore Ian Morrow decided to use this hike to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides financial aid, tutoring and counseling to the dependents of veterans who died in the line of duty.

From Dec. 27 to Jan. 8, the students managed to draw attention to their trek and raise $5,200 in donations for the nonprofit. Though they would sleep at friends’ homes along the way, they sustained several injuries and endured trying weather, according to a press release from TAMU.

“Something that was inspirational was the support that many people gave to the cause,” said Birt. “It was especially gratifying to see that Americans were coming together to support those in need. The beauty of humanity and unification is what truly inspired us to keep going.”

To learn more about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, visit


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