Born in Douglas, Georgia on October 8th, 1950
In 1953, an unfortunate set of circumstances led to me being ran over by a car driven by my dad. The first prognosis was that I may not be able to walk again.
My high school diploma is dated June 8th, 1968
My service in the United States Navy began on September 12th, 1968 and ended on September 11th, 1974, with an Honorable Discharge.
My marriage lasted almost 36 years, from December 13th, 1969 until December 7th, 2005.
I have two children. Jack Jr. was born on October 1st, 1971 and Amy on September 21st, 1974.
Dad passed away with Alzheimer’s disease on June 30th, of 2000.
On March 27th, 2001, I entered the Intensive Care Unit with a bleeding ulcer and was discharged on April 1st. This was a near death experience.
On April 2nd, 2001, weighing in at approximately 270 pounds, I began a calorie restriction diet and exercise program, that resulted in a loss of 100 pounds in eleven months. Over the next few years, another 18 came off.
In 2006, I became a jogger, set 5 long range distance goals and completed the last one in 2011.
In August of 2011, I set a goal to run across America to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association
On January 12th, 2013, at Skidaway Island State Park near Savannah, Georgia, my journey across America began. This would become the beginning of a full time, volunteer advocacy, that would end on January 24th, 2016, three years and twelve days later.