Every week on Marvel's Hero Project -- streaming exclusively on Disney+ -- you will meet a new young hero making a difference in their communities and all over the world! In this episode, meet Seamus!
Seamus wants to give back to those who serve -- the men and women who are willing to risk everything to ensure his freedom. He created a fundraising organization that taps into his love of rock-climbing to raise money for the families of fallen and wounded soldiers, so they can keep climbing towards their own dreams. Seamus already is a hero, but now, he’s about to become a Marvel Super Hero.
Even though he’s a kid, Seamus is no stranger to the meaning of sacrifice. He grew up in a family with a military background, idolizing his grandfather who served in Vietnam. Influenced by his grandfather’s experiences, Seamus came to recognize and respect honor and service to others very early on. And, as he got older, he started using this commitment and other skills he had learned in his young life to help people.
During this same time, Seamus s’father recognized his son’s intense drive and started bringing him to a rock climbing facility. It took a few tries, but eventually Seamus developed the courage and the skills that inspired him to climb Devil’s Tower for the first time, which he accomplished at the age of 11. After conquering Devil’s Tower, Seamus kept aiming higher – eventually, his feats got the attention of the media.
If he was getting this much attention for his climbs, Seamus knew he had to use the publicity as a tool for giving back and raising awareness. He looked into military charities, deciding on Folds of Honor. On his 13th birthday, Seamus organized a three-day triathlon to raise funds that would go toward scholarships for the children and spouses of fallen or wounded soldiers. It wasn’t easy, but he accomplished his goal of completing all three days, finishing with another climb at Devil’s Tower – and raising over $40,000.
Seamus says that he’s expressed an interest in training for U.S. Special Forces, which would be a challenge but would ultimately give him a real opportunity for a life of service. He understands what it entails, and says that it’s a risk worth taking. “I know that my sacrifice, if that came to be, that [my parents] would understand. That my sacrifice was for them, and for all those I love, and those I never meet. And it’s a sacrifice I was willing to make.”
But before he follows his military dreams, Seamus knows he can make a difference in people’s lives now. “My goals change every day, but my end goal is to be able to reach the very top of my potential and then reach back down and help somebody else get up there with me.”