Birdman receives hero’s welcome at Italy checkpoint before continuing to Dallas

Image: Citizens of Italy, Margie Castro, Joyce Hobbs, Jessie Castro, and son, Emanuela Castro, are beaming with pride in anticipation of the Sons of the Flag Burn Foundation Executive Director, Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, who embarked on a 100-mile continuous run through central and north Texas on Memorial Day weekend with a goal of raising $100,000, the equivalent of $1,000 per mile, for burn survivors. Parrott, a former US Navy SEAL, will begin his trek at the national cemetery in Waco, Texas, at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, and finish Monday morning at Parkland Memorial Hospital’s Burn Unit in Dallas. A portion of Parrott’s non-stop trek will took him through West, Texas, on Sunday morning as a tribute to the victims of the April tragedy.

Citizens of Italy, Margie Castro, Joyce Hobbs, Jessie Castro, and son, Emanuela Castro, are beaming with pride in anticipation of the Sons of the Flag Burn Foundation Executive Director, Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, who embarked on a 100-mile continuous run through central and north Texas on Memorial Day weekend with a goal of raising $100,000, the equivalent of $1,000 per mile, for burn survivors. Parrott, a former US Navy SEAL, will begin his trek at the national cemetery in Waco, Texas, at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, and finish Monday morning at Parkland Memorial Hospital’s Burn Unit in Dallas. A portion of Parrott’s non-stop trek will took him through West, Texas, on Sunday morning as a tribute to the victims of the April tragedy. (Barry Byers)