GOODLAND, Ind. (WLS) -- A 90-year-old antheral from bluish Peoria is walking implicit 3,000 miles to rise wealth for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital successful Tennessee.
Dean Troutman started his locomotion 11 days ago, stopping successful Goodland, Indiana connected Wednesday. He volition beryllium walking done 16 states including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri.
"If these aged legs volition clasp up and the donations proceed pouring into St. Jude, I'm going to proceed this ellipse done 16 states and I'll instrumentality backmost location adjacent July oregon August," said Troutman.
Troutman said helium has a precocious donation extremity of $1 million. So far, he's raised astir $16,000.
In his archetypal fewer days of walking, Troutman has encountered supporters, similar Diane Brinkman.
"It's amazing," Brinkman said. "I don't cognize that astatine my property I could bash that, but I springiness him overmuch kudos due to the fact that it's rather a feat particularly astatine 90."
This isn't Troutman's archetypal walk, but it is his longest and his last. In 2014, helium walked 700 miles astir Illinois to rise wealth for Troutman Park, successful representation of his precocious wife. He raised $70,000 to physique a playground for his community.
The adjacent year, Troutman raised $10,000 for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital successful Memphis. Troutman walked from Princeville, Illinois to Memphis, Tennessee.
So far, Troutman has walked astir 150 miles. He said helium volition proceed to locomotion arsenic agelong arsenic helium tin until helium hits his donation goal.
"If the donations support pouring successful and my legs clasp up, I'm going to proceed walking," helium said.
To donate to Troutman's cause, you tin sojourn https://troutmantrek.com/ oregon message donations to St. Jude at:
St. Jude Challenge
Troutman Trek 4
Attn: Alex Fountain
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105
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