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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Four University of Arizona students who took a very long walk through the desert to make life better for injured soldiers.
For 5 days and 123 miles, Nick Bajema and three other University of Arizona students were walking.
"We started in Tucson on the 12th, we started at Old Main, and the goal was to raise ten grand," Bajema said.
Ten thousand dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that assists in the recovery of injured service men and women.
Their mission began on a rainy Monday morning and the group says it wasn't easy.
"We just got through it by bearing down, kept going, it's going to end one day and today is that day, so we'll worry about the blisters and everything else tomorrow," Bajema said.
The 100 mile hump was formed three years ago to give back to those who risk their lives to serve their country
"The project is great, " said Bajema. "It just is an excellent way to remember that the folks who serve really help those of us who don't serve to have this wonderful, luxurious life."
In the last two years the group has raised over $17,000.
"It is a great charity," said Bajema. "It goes directly towards wounded soldiers when their coming out of theater, and helping them cope when they come back home, helping their families cope as well. Best way to donate, go to 100milehump.com, everything we get goes directly toward the Wounded Warrior Project."
One hundred twenty-three miles later the group finally made it to their finish line at Sun Devil Stadium, cheered on by their supporters.
The group even battled a winter storm during this week's march. With only one day left, they say they're only $500 away from reaching their goal.