WHAT'S YOUR 500?

The purpose of the "What's Your 500?" movement is to start a conversation around the relationship between challenge, perseverance, and purpose.

We all have a "500" - it's a seemingly insurmountable challenge that is presented to us, and that moment where we choose to push forward, instead of give up. Pushing forward is never easy. What is "easy" is turning to crutches like drugs, alcohol, anger, isolation, etc. But for anyone who has ever taken the easy route (and pretty much all of us have at one point) you know that it never really takes you where you want to go.

Below are the "500" stories of four individuals: a veteran and the overwhelming challenges that he faced post-service, a father who lost his daughter, a man battling cancer and depression, and a wife who lost her husband (a veteran) to an overdose. Why are we doing this? Because every single person has a "500 mile journey", and the more we talk about it, and share our stories of perseverance, the greater chance we have of helping someone who has run out of hope.

Our mission at Heroes and Horses is to apply this framework to helping our country's veterans - but, it's important to understand that this is not just a veteran story, it's just not a horse story - it's a people story.

SO, WE ASK YOU - WHAT'S YOUR 500?

 

THIS IS CHAISE'S 500.

 

THIS IS BILL'S 500.

In 1975 Bill was diagnosed with diabetes, and then later in 2000 was diagnosed with cancer. As a way to cope with the devastating news of each diagnosis, Bill cycled through a number of anti-depressants (some with crippling side-effects), as well as alcohol. After several years of physical and emotional pain, Bill finally found a counselor that helped him to realize that dealing with these issues in a more natural way was better and more productive. Bill has since chosen to take control of his circumstances, and has integrated a healthier life style, and a great team of heath care professionals to help him fight his diseases. This is his 500.
 

THIS IS JESSICA'S 500.

On June 28th, 2016, Jessica's husband, Brian, died from complications directly related to Post Traumatic Stress. For Jessica, the months that followed were full of every type of emotion imaginable: devastation, sadness, depression, anxiety, numbness - the whole spectrum. To this day, she continues to wake up every day and will herself to press forward, despite all that has happened - a choice that is, at many time, far from easy. This is her 500...what's yours?
 

THIS IS MIKE'S 500. 

On November 7th, 2014, Mike's daughter, Ciara, committed suicide. This is his 500.
 

"WHAT'S YOUR 500?" LEATHER BRACELET

WEAR YOUR 500 WITH PRIDE

"WHAT'S YOUR 500?" LEATHER BRACELET (FRONT)

"WHAT'S YOUR 500?" LEATHER BRACELET (FRONT)

"WHAT'S YOUR 500" LEATHER BRACELET (BACK)

"WHAT'S YOUR 500" LEATHER BRACELET (BACK)