Six years ago, on April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol. Losing portions of both legs and both arms, he is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries.
"I will never forget the moment I saw this photo...my world stopped. There was something special about this guy with a huge smile and I felt called to learn more about his story. I called the Mills family the next day and we were on their front steps filming their story a week later. It has been an incredible journey that has changed my life...it all started with this photo and I am so very thankful for all I have learned from the Mills family and the wounded warriors community."
After seeing this photo, I felt compelled to share his story and inspire others with his "never give up" attitude and incredible will to overcome for the sake of his sweet wife, Kelsey, and baby girl, Chloe.
We designed the Travis Fotostrap to honor this American hero and to invite our customers into the experience of supporting the production of his full-feature documentary by Fotolanthropy, Travis: A Soldier's Story. And because of our AMAZING customers, FOTO was the biggest contributor to this film that has since gathered thousands of viewers across the country, garnered attention from countless media outlets, given Travis a platform for his professional speaking career and NYT bestseller "Tough As They Come" and inspired all who have seen and heard his incredible story.
To thank you for purchasing with purpose, and to celebrate Travis's Alive Day, every purchase made April 10-14 will come with a free copy of Travis: A Soldier's Story on DVD.
Thank you for shopping with FOTO and supporting the important work of Fotolanthropy!
You have the opportunity to do it again! With every FOTO purchase, we give 10% back to Fotolanthropy which will help support their next full-feature documentary project, 7 Yards: After a life-altering tackle on the college football field, Chris Norton was told he would never move again. Through grit and faith, he retrained his body and spirit, and is currently preparing to walk the most important yardage of his life: seven yards down the aisle with his bride.