The states I traveled in were Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
The idea to run across America came to me in 2011. Dad had passed away with Alzheimer’s disease in 2000 and I was into goal setting.
The mission was to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The trip was to be unsupported with me pushing a jogging stroller full of supplies and equipment, and every foot would be on foot.
I left Skidaway Island State Park, near Savannah Georgia on January 12th, 2013 and arrived at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, in Monterey, California, on August 26th, of the same year.
Over 50 television, 100 newspaper and 20 radio interviews, set up by the Alzheimer’s Association, raised a lot of awareness. The 24/7 helpline was highlighted. Meetings with legislators, meet and greets at shoe stores, and visits with scientists added to the mix. $27,000 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association.
I pushed the stroller, fully loaded, all but about 20 miles, that I was on foot. Most of the time I ran, jogged and walked from sleeping point to sleeping point. The times I didn’t, folks would pick me, take me to my resting point, and take me back, the next morning, to where they had picked me up the day before. I was on foot from Skidaway Island to Kingman, Arizona, got in the passenger seat of a car and rode to Paso Robles, California, got back on the ground and was on foot to Bubba Gump.
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My Favorite Quote
This quote helped create a foundation for everything in my life.
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’ ” Erma Bombeck
- 308,695 hits
A Prayer for the Game of Life
“DEAR GOD, help me be a good sport in the game of life. I don’t ask for an easy place in the lineup. Put me anywhere you need me. I only ask that I can give you 100% of everything I have. If all the hard drives seem to come my way, I thank you for the compliment. Help me to remember that you never send a player more trouble then he can handle with your help…
And help me, Lord, to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. May I always play on the square no matter what others do…Help me study…THE BOOK so I’ll know the rules…
Finally, God, if the natural turn of events goes against me and I am benched for sickness or old age, help me accept that as a part of the game, too. Keep me from whimpering that I was framed or that I got a raw deal. And when I finish the final inning, I ask for no laurels; all I want is to believe in my heart, I played as well as I could and that I didn’t let you down.