Former TJ star Lacy McDonald still serving after giving up football to enlist

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DENVER -- After a stellar prep football career at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Lacy McDonald was given a full-ride scholarship to Washington State University. Before setting foot on campus, tragedy struck the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.

McDonald opted out of his scholarship to fight for his country. Three tours of duty later, McDonald is still putting others before himself.

From 2008 to 2009, he was deployed with a friend who suffered a traumatic brain injury that resulted in epilepsy. When that friend returned home, McDonald helped raise almost $3,000 to get his comrade into Project Sanctuary.

Four years later, McDonald's simple effort to help a friend has turned into a nonprofit organization called One Military United, which strives to help veterans and their families during periods of transition and recovery after returning home from war.

That’s why the McDonald's childhood friend Steven Hunter nominated the Staff Sergeant for our Feel Good Friday award. We were so moved by McDonald's story, that we showed up and surprised him.

Watch his response in the video above. For more about about One Military United, click here.

We hand out a Feel Good Friday award every week. Click here to send us your nominations.

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