On January 6th 2009, I will be flying out to LA and walking back to Boston, raising money for cancer research. The route I'm taking should take 5 months and cover roughly 3,800 miles. We will be filming the entire trip for an upcoming documentary.
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt
"If you waste your time a-talking to the people who don’t listen To the things that you are saying who do you think’s going to hear? And if you should die explaining how the things that they complain about Are things they could be changing, who d’you think’s goin’ to care?" - "To Beat the Devil" Kris Kristofferson
This is my last post from the southwest. Thanks to all, for your support, love and understanding. I'll put together all the statistics and a more specific thank you list once I get back. Right now, I wanna go home......
My feet have stopped walking east My strength faded My battle was the loneliness of the road Yours is for your life
My feet have stopped walking east My strength growing Your battle is now my battle MY battle is for your life
My walk across America has come to an end. I will be flying home from Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, Feb. 14th. This adventure has changed me, physically and mentally. I have seen beautiful sunrises and many beautiful sunsets. I've laughed and I've cried. The people I've met along the way have been amazing. Thank you all for sharing this with me.
People have told me that I inspire them. Wow, that's a tough thing to conceive. Truthfully, I'm the one whose been inspired on this journey. Stories of loss and survival have touched my heart. Jordan LeAndre who sparked this whole adventure. Savanaha Pederson, the manager at the Super 8 in Safford, AZ, whose sister is battling with cancer. Scott, a survivor whose followed me since day one. Caryn, who has won the battle with ovarian cancer and is fighting breast cancer now. Jack Hoeger, from the LIVESTRONG video a few posts back. My "Ma", everyday I try to make you proud. YOU and countless others are my inspiration. And you should be an inspiration to everyone.
I walked 521 miles, roughly the distance from New Bedford, MA to Richmond, VA, to raise money and awareness for cancer. WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO? Whether it's walking in a 3k or running the Boston Marathon. Having a bake sale or a hot dog eating contest. You don't have to do much to make a difference, but you do have to do something.
I'm a member of the LIVESTRONG Army now and I will fight this fight by your side.
Day 35 total: 0 Jesse Walks America total: 521 miles, a life time of stories, and a heart full of hope.
p.s. On February 24, Caryn will be going to Pennsylvania to have surgery. My last request from the southwest, is that everyone who reads this will keep her in their thoughts. So you can put a face to the name, here's Caryn
Today I had plans to get a ride from Las Cruces to Carlsbad, my new friend Ramey had to go there to the caverns to do a photo shoot. We had a good ride out and got to Carlsbad Cavern around noon. Here's the cave opening
It was amazing and when I get a link to all the pictures Ramey took I'll put them on here. Thanks for the ride and the great time, Ramey.
Each and every gift is important. No gift is too small. Online donations can be made using the links below:
Here is a SPOT Check-in Map that marks where I hit the "check-in" button during the last week. I'll do this a couple times a day.
And at the bottom of this page you will find a Google map that tracks my complete trip. Scroll down and take a look. Be sure to zoom in to get a better look and also select view larger map to try street views.