90-Year-Old Illinois Man Walking 3,500 Miles in A Year For St. Jude
Dean Troutman saved his longest walk for his last.
At 90-years-old, he's decided to walk 10 miles a day for the next year to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital.
If he sticks to his plan, he'll end up in North Carolina by the fall, Texas this winter, and home around the middle of next summer. He'll loop through 15 states.
"There are no guarantees," he told Peoria Journal Star. "I'm prepared for this, to be gone for a year, but I might not get out of Illinois. Who knows?"
Along the way, he stays at firehouses and churches, or anyone who is willing to let a 90-year-old stranger stay with them. If nothing is available, he sets up camp.
"Some of these old body parts may give out, and when they do, I have to quit," he said.
Dean's hope is that anyone who donates gives $36, because it'll work out to about a penny a mile.
"It's going to depend upon my health and the donations. If they keep sending their money to St. Jude, then I'll keep walking," he told the Journal Star.
Dean's known for his long walks. In 2015, he walked all over Illinois, making a 700-mile trip to raise $70,000 for Troutman Park, which was named after his late wife.
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