Seamus Casey, 14, of Gillette, Wyo., an eighth-grader at Sage Valley Junior High School, designed and completed his own three-day triathlon last summer to provide scholarships for the spouses and children of fallen and disabled military personnel. As an avid and accomplished rock climber, Seamus has attracted considerable attention for some of his climbs. He also has great admiration for U.S. service members. “I found a way to combine my love for climbing, along with my unexpected publicity, to thank those brave souls who make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said Seamus.
His plan was to undertake a three-day bouldering, bicycling and climbing triathlon to raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which grants educational scholarships to the wives, husbands and children of fallen and disabled soldiers. To get ready, Seamus created a website to solicit donations; notified the local newspaper; made fliers, posters and business cards; and trained intensively. Finally, last July 19, he began his event. He “bouldered” 101 laps around the rock climbing tower at a local recreation center, then bicycled 65 miles in 90-degree heat to Devil’s Tower, and then climbed to the summit of the famous butte. “My hard work paid off,” said Seamus, reflecting on the more than $10,000 produced by his endurance test. He hopes to eventually raise $65,000 for the families of service members. “I hope the money I raise will show them that they are not forgotten,” he said.