Retired Firefighter runs to raise money for Camp Sunshine

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WINNSBORO, La (KNOE 8 News) Retired firefighter Mike Brooks is traveling the world competing in marathons; in hopes of raising money for Camp Sunshine in Maine.

The camp is for terminally ill children and their families, and it's open to almost any family.

Mike Brooks hails from Maine, but made a pit stop in Winnsboro, Louisiana to compete in the River Boat marathon series.

"It consists of seven marathons, in seven states, in seven days. Winnsboro is our first stop", Mainly Marathons Marketing Director George Rose said.

Brooks is hoping to raise $15,000 in this marathon for the camp.
"It's a week of stress release, plus they get counseling, they meet other parents in the same boat as them, and they have volunteers", Retired firefighter Mike Brooks said.

Many of the runners have competed in several marathons across the country including Scott Parker.
Parker is wheel chair bound and said you should not allow anything to hold you back from achieving your goals.

"You just got to set a focus and do it. There are a lot of able body people that don't put in the effort to train for a marathon. Every single wheel chair athlete who gets out there, trains and does one is way ahead then everyone of those couch potatoes", Scott Parker said.

Brooks has raised more than $60,000 for Camp Sunshine through community donations and private donations.

If you're interested in donating to his cause visit his website and for more information on Camp Sunshine visit the "related links" section.