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June 6, 2022 51 min

Nels Matson is a self-employed Certified Public Accountant, a former Iowa State Wrestler, and Director of 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Tri 4 Number 1 Foundation, Inc. Tri 4 Number 1 Foundation tells the stories of amazing people through sport and by doing so raises awareness of causes important to those amazing people. Matson has cycled across America twice and ran to Washington DC from Florida sharing stories of child heroes overcoming struggles from heart defects and raising funds for heart defect research and surgeries.
Matson was born with a heart defect requiring open heart surgery as a child. 

In 2022, Matson and team through Tri 4 Number 1 Foundation will focus on the cause of Christopher George Campbell through an event called Project Campbell’s Call. Matson will attempt to break the world record for fastest run across the country, which currently
sits at 42 days, 6 hours, and 30 minutes. On August 30, 2022 at San Francisco City Hall, Matson will begin the 3,067 mile trek across the United States in honor of Project Campbell’s Call. Chris Campbell included a note with his will, stating a wish for 100,000 people to donate to Wounded Warrior Project®. Nels Matson intends to leverage his cross-country trek to help raise support and awareness for Wounded Warrior Project warriors and their families in order to honor Chris Campbell’s wish.  

Professionally, I'm an accountant. Personally, I'm tree hugger, vegetarian, mountain lover, flower child, book fanatic, aspiring author, advocate for spay/neuter efforts, proponent for humane education and always, always encouraging those expanding their 4 legged family to save a life by adopting a homeless pet. In the US alone, we kill over 1,000 orphan pets a day (and those are only the ones that make it to the "system" to be counted). Prevention DOES save lives. My hope is to live in a world where we can save all homeless, neglected and abused pets and provide them with a second chance to live in a great home with kind people. This is emotionally exhausting and difficult work and isn't glamourous. I'm incredibly thankful for the many organizations who have been working on this effort for decades. Reaching people and encouraging them to make different choices is the challenge.

Now, for the reason I'll be on your podcast is because of my brother's last request. On 8/6/11, I became a Gold Star Sister - an unwanted title that was assigned to me because my brother, Christopher George Campbell, was killed in Afghanistan. A few days after his death, I was told he hoped 100,000 people would donate to an organization with which I was unfamiliar, Wounded Warrior Project. In order for the donations to count, they have to be made in Chris' memory. Four years after Chris' death, just over 2,000 people had donated in his memory. It was the best that could be done writing emails and trying to do this "silently". And, this IS remarkable! In 2016, WWP filmed a commercial about Chris' request. The irony of this is Chris' daughter missed the first days of high school to attend her dad's funeral. A few days after she graduated, the WWP commercial was filmed. Now, approximately 31,000 people have donated to be a part of Chris' request that 100,000 people donate to WWP. Project Campbell's Call will take this to the finish line.

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