Patrick Shannon grew up in Indianapolis, the son of a schoolteacher and Vietnam vet. He was taught the value of drive and dedication from an early age. Patrick sought a life rooted in honesty, integrity and discipline, and he knew exactly where to find it. "I wanted to be a Marine since I was a little kid," says Patrick.
He wanted, in his words, the "toughest boot camp" the military had to offer, because he "enjoyed a challenge." Patrick would rise to challenges across the globe for the next 20 years. After being medically discharged with two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for Valor, he got involved with the Wounded Warriors project.
Later, Patrick founded his own charity, Helping Hands for Freedom, supporting the families of fallen, injured and deployed military families. Those who know Patrick know that he's never looking for recognition for his many accomplishments including his recent Route For The Brave, a 4-month walk across the country to raise funds for and awareness of Helping Hands for Freedom.