|Birth name||Troy Yocum|
June 25, 1979 |
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Army|
Troy Yocum (born June 25, 1979) is a veteran of the Iraq War, who hiked over seven thousand miles across America in 2010-2011 to help bring awareness to issues faced by veterans and their families.
Drum hike or Hike For Heroes
Inspired by his World War II grandfather, who took his own life, and a close military friend, who lost his home after returning from deployment, Yocum decided to make it his personal mission to help struggling veterans.
Yocum began a 16-month journey, dubbed "The Drum Hike" on April 17, 2010 at the Kentucky Derby Festival's Thunder Over Louisville celebration. Yocum bangs his drum when entering towns and cities to bring attention to his cause and carries a bat for mayors and governors to sign. Averaging 20 miles per day, the hike would take him, his wife, and two dogs over more than seven thousand miles and 37 major U.S. cities by the time they make it home.
Due to the extreme physical activity, Yocum has suffered several different medical complications. While in Colorado, he suffered an attack of kidney stones, which required hospitalization and in January 2011, his foot became infected and hence slowed the hike.
In January 2011, Soldier's Angels pulled their support for Yocum due to concern for his health and well being. He has raised more than $134,000 toward his cause through donations and sponsorships.
Yocum soon picked up sponsorship from Active Heroes and finished the remaining 2,500 miles to the east coast and back home to Louisville, Kentucky. In the final 6 months of the Hike for Heroes, Yocum raised another $1.1 million.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Yocum met his wife Mareike in Germany. He proposed marriage to her on the 100th mile of the hike, and they were married at mile 256. She walked over 4,000 miles with him during the course of the walk.
World record marathon drumming attempt
To beat the record, Yocum had to play for 120 hours in a row with only a five-minute break every hour and without repeating any songs for four hours and thirty minutes. He attempted to play 250 songs from the 1950s to modern styles. He was forced to give up on the second day of the attempt after temperatures reached more than 100 degrees.
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