Below is a note I wrote on Facebook, thought I would share it on here as well (FYI if you are not on my Facebook page it's: Walk 4 Courage):
When I first thought of this crazy and wild adventure, I really had no idea what I was ‘walking’ into. To be honest, originally I wanted to walk just to walk, but I thought that was almost selfish of me; to do this incredible journey all on my own, and do it only for myself… So I thought I would Walk for a cause. Beads of Courage was perfect because I already knew Jean, and she already tried to help me get into the Peace Corp, which in end didn’t quite work out and I figured she would be more than happy to help me out again. It was also a good choice because it gave me points (hospitals) to stop at along my way as I walk 3MPH across America. I knew I believe in the BOC mission and what it stood for, but didn’t have any kind of personal connection to it. As time has passed, I have had the honor of meeting some of these kids and parents and hearing just their stories have moved and inspired me beyond words.
Now, I cannot believe what it has evolved into. I’m walking not just for myself, or Jean, or BOC, but I’m Walking for all those kids who think that they are on their own. I’m walking to show them that there are people out there who care, and are inspired by what they go through on a day-to-day basis. I’m Walking to inspire movement and self awareness in them as well. To show them that anything is possible, even when the odds are against you, and everyone thinks you’re amazing, and maybe even a little crazy, just for trying.
I want to show the world that when you want something, you have to go out and get it yourself. You are your own author, of your own book in Life, and what happens on every single page in every chapter is totally up to you and with the knowledge that one day, your book will end and how do you want people to look back and read it? Maybe some people don’t really care, but I want to inspire, I want to share all the amazing, wonderful GOOD that is in this world, that most people never really notice is there.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is going to be an easy walk in park; it will be very hard, with a lot of blisters, sore and tired muscles, close calls, rain, snow, heat, cold, wind and A LOT of hills… and maybe some wild animals and some wild humans thrown in there as well. But, in the end it will all be worth it, and I will have the most amazing stories to share.