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Son, family deliver $30K on July Fourth to veteran’s retreat

July 5, 2021 GMT

ROME, Maine (AP) — A boy and his family delivered on the Fourth of July a check for more than $30,000 to a foundation that runs a retreat for wounded veterans and their families.

Michael Ahern, who is 11 years old, handed over a larger-than-life check for $31,733.66 to The Travis Mills Foundation on Sunday, WGME-TV reported.

Along with his parents and sister, Michael started raising funds for the foundation two years ago in part by selling ice cream through a nonprofit called Scoops for Troops.

The founder of the retreat, Travis Mills, lost his limbs as a soldier in an explosion in Afghanistan. He started the retreat for injured veterans in 2017 at the lakeside estate of the late cosmetics magnate Elizabeth Arden in Rome, Maine.

The donated funds will allow eight veterans and their families to attend the retreat for free, the broadcaster reported. The estate has been retrofitted to be accessible and provides a range of adapted activities like cooking, yoga and archery for veterans and their families who attend.