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FILE – During this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, Noah Barnes and his dad Robert make their way through Glenwood Springs, Colo., on Highway 6 as they journey across the country on foot. Noah Barnes is one ascertained 11-year-old. Thus far, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., resident had racked up at least 3,200 miles when he attained Pendleton, en route to the finish line in Blaine, Wash.. His journey began on Jan. 1 in Key West, Fla.,, and he expects to cover roughly 4,000 kilometers by Dec. 9. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP, File) not as
FILE – During this Aug. 9, 2017, file photo, Noah Barnes and his dad Robert make their way through Glenwood Springs, Colo., on Highway 6 as they journey across the country on foot. Noah Barnes is one ascertained … more
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Florida child’s diabetes awareness walk nears goal
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WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Noah Barnes is one ascertained 11-year-old. Thus far, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident had racked up at least 3,200 miles when he attained Pendleton. His journey began on Jan. 1 in Key West Florida, and he expects to cover roughly 4,000 kilometers by Dec. 9.
Over a 342-day span, that’s a mean of 11.69 miles per day in all kinds of weather, such as snow when he passed through the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest offering the Blue and Wallowa mountain ranges.
The trek is purpose-driven. Diagnosed at 16 weeks with type 1 diabetes, he’s lived with insulin shots of his lifetime, according to a release.
After watching the “Into the Wind” documentary concerning Canadian athlete Terry Fox, Noah was inspired to walk upon the nation to raise awareness such as type 1 diabetes. Before he became terminally ill with cancer, Terry ran partway across Canada in 1980 with a single leg amputated in a “Marathon of Hope” to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Noah convinced his family fundraise to eliminate and to accompany him.
The 501(c)(3) nonprofit Noah’s March Foundation supports his efforts, together with help from his parents, Robert and Joanne Barnes, who sold their Florida house to help fund the trip.
“Noah is going to be the youngest person to cross America because they have been recording crossings out of 1909,” his mom said.
Noah is a child who likes vanilla ice cream, Minecraft, Legos along with his British bull terrier pup Rex.
He is especially interested in World War II history.
“I really like studying the tanks, ships and airplanes. When I grow up, I want to be an engineer and design super cool weapons for the U.S. government.”
He found a post about a diabetes walk fundraiser and asked his father, “How far do I need to walk so that I can be cured?”
Ten percent of the population or 30 million people are affected by diabetes, Joanna stated. “If not healed by 2050, American Diabetes Association predicts over 100 million Americans will suffer diabetes (33 percent of those U.S. population).
The aim for base and the Barnes family is to earn the millions of American type 1 diabetics and their families completely aware and direct effort and resources to support them.
Info from: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, http://www.union-bulletin.com