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Walkers in Lakeland to honor wounded heroes

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LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

Sgt. Isaac Chandler will always carry around a memento of the time he served in Iraq, one he would rather not have. His right hand can't do much because of extensive muscle and nerve damage caused by a sniper's bullet.

He can lift a paper plate, but that's only because his fingers are atrophied and tighten into a fist.

We asked what it was like when he knew he was hit.

"You don't really feel anything. The only thing that I did feel was the fact that my arm was not moving," Chandler said.

He went through two years of rehabilitation, and still has little or no hope of ever regaining the full use of his hand. He is 30, with a wife and two small children.

Still, he considers himself lucky. His buddy Jordan didn't make it back. He was killed the day he was going to get out.

On Saturday, Isaac will take part in the Warrior Walk with Jordan in mind. Walkers will start off at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, trek 3.5 miles around Lake Hollingsworth and back again. This is the fourth year the event is taking place, and the fourth year FOX 13's Care Force is sponsoring it.

Each year the crowd has gotten bigger. Last year, it topped 1,700.

Even after years of running the Warrior Walk, its founder, Melissa Sanchez, is still moved.

"I constantly have to hold back tears," she says.

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