Woman makes pit stop in BR in honor of son

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One woman is running across the country to honor her son and falllen veterans. Cathy Powers made a stop in Baton Rouge at the Memorial Plaza Tuesday evening to share her story.

Bryce Powers, Cathy’s son, died from a car crash while he was stationed in Japan. He was in a coma for more than 6 weeks, but never woke up. Bryce was only 21-years-old in the Air Force.

Like any parent, Cathy and her husband grieved their son’s loss. Cathy, specifically, grieved by eating food and gaining weight. She was more than 100 pounds than she is today.

“I was gone that whole time,” said Powers.

As her weight climbed, she then realized this was not the way to live life. So, she took her pain and changed it into running. It’s Powers’ newest passion and she’s involving wreaths.

“It just brought me so much healing knowing that [Bryce] will not be forgotten,” said Powers. “Something inside of me healed.”
Powers’ learned the individual’s name who passed is mentioned  before a wreath is placed before a grave. When she came to Baton Rouge she presented one to officials with the Memorial Plaza.
Powers’ goal is to raise more than 7,000 wreaths at the Arlington National Cemetery where her son is buried.
This idea comes after she calculated her son lived 7,777 days on Earth.
To get involved and help Cathy raise wreaths as part of her mission. Click here to learn more.

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