I’d Walk to Canton!

By: Joe DeLamiellure

Joe DeLamielleure, Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2003
Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure is ranked among the finest players ever to step on an NFL field. He earned his place in history by leading the way for many great runners. This summer, he will once again be leading the way as he covers 213 miles during his Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk to Canton.

We made it!

Jul 20, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

1:35 p.m. EDT

I made it! I should say, “we” made it!
 

Joey and I walked side-by-side this morning as we completed my 213-mile walk from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

There are so many people to thank. I appreciate all the fans who showed up today, the Mayor of Canton, Steve Perry and all of his team at the Hall, two Browns alum Dick Ambrose and Bernie Kosar, and so many others for a special finish to my 10 days on the road.

This may be the end of the walk but it’s just the start of something big for Grace’s Lamp. Joey and I are already working on creating some 5k walks around the country to keep building support for this great cause.

I’m now heading home to my family so I can pack and return to Canton in less than two weeks for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion.

If you don’t mind, I think I’ll drive this time!

Check out some photos of my last mile on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Flickr page.

I hope I’ve made a difference

Jul 20, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

7:25 p.m. ET

I finished my last long day of the walk. Bernie Kosar again showed up and walked with me which was a great boost. I appreciated him coming out these past few days to show his support. We stopped at the North Canton Fire Department and took this photo with Bob Carroll and John Kleinbek.


More calls kept coming in today as I heard from so many family members and guys in the Hall like Carl Eller and Randall McDaniel. Coach Ditka even texted me.

All of these calls and texts have really inspired me. To tell you the truth, I knew this walk would be tough but it was actually more challenging than I thought it would be.

I think it’s such a great cause. I hope I’ve made a difference and that this is the start of something big. I’m hoping we can start doing walks all around the country. Not 213 miles, but to do a bunch of them would be significant.

If you’re around Canton tomorrow, I invite you to come meet Joey and me. We’ll be coming down 25th Street to Fulton Road and up through the park to finish the walk at the Hall of Fame’s front steps at around 11:00 a.m.

As I walk that last mile tomorrow, I’ll be thinking about what I really accomplished. I’m just glad that I could be the messenger for Joey and Grace’s Lamp.

Canton isn’t far away

Jul 19, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

8:15 p.m. ET

This was one brutal day. It was so hot and humid. I also ended up starting the day by walking for nearly five hours straight. I should have taken a break earlier and eaten lunch around 11:30. Tomorrow, I’m going to be a little smarter and walk for a couple of hours then take a break.

I told you about the socks Franco Harris gave me. Well, now that I’m almost done with the walk, I’ll let you in on my other secret. I’ve been spraying down with a great product called Liquid Ice. It really rejuvenates me and I feel great each morning when I’m ready to tackle another 20 miles.

Anyway, I’m getting really excited as Canton isn’t far away. We stayed in Kent last night. Eljay and I got lost driving around from our hotel and when we stopped for directions Sergeant Jason Short pointed us to one of the town’s best restaurants.


Bernie Kosar came back out today to walk with me again. I’ll tell you, the guy has a heart of gold. Thanks Bernie for the support.

The calls kept coming. Marv Levy called and told me how he admires that I’m always doing something. Out of the blue, I got a call from Kyle Turley, the former Chiefs and Saints lineman. Football certainly is a tight-knit fraternity. I appreciate all of the calls and especially from my good friend Elvin Bethea who has been reaching out to me every day.

All of my family is really pumped for me as I get toward the end of the walk. I would not be who I am without my wife and children. They always encourage me and I can’t tell you how much that means to me.

My biggest pick-me-up of the day came when my daughter texted me the picture my four-year-old grandson Patrick drew of his grandpa!

I’ve been talking to Joey Funderburk almost daily. He can’t believe that I’m almost done. He is really thrilled to be going to the Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Well, one more long day and then I’ll wrap up my walk on Saturday morning. If you happen to be around Canton, please come by and meet Joey. He’s one inspirational guy.

Still wearing the same socks

Jul 18, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

7:55 p.m. ET

I got an early start today to get a jump on the heat. But, it’s hot and humid out there.

I’ve been keeping hydrated for sure. I’m wearing a Camelbak that holds 64 ounces of water and I’m going through six of those a day. 

Helping me along today was Lynn Swann who gave me a call.

I also had a visitor on the road. Former Browns Quarterback Bernie Kosar met up with me at the Subway in Parkman, Ohio yesterday. Here, Bernie and I posed with Kerstin Maxie and the Subway’s owner Kevin Graham.


Bernie and I weren’t teammates but we met about five or six years ago and really hit it off. He’s a good guy. He intended on walking for a mile with me and ended up doing more than three miles. It sure helped break up the monotony of walking by myself. Thanks Bernie!

I was asked if I’m still wearing the same socks … yes! If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you need to check my blog entry from the other day. Franco Harris gave me these special silver socks used a lot by the military and athletes. They’re great. They keep my aching feet dry and they’re definitely living up to the reputation of being able to wear for a long time. It’s kind of funny that a Steeler would help out an ol’ Brown. But, we’re all teammates in the Hall. Thanks Franco. For those wanting to know more about Franco’s company, check it out at SilverSport.com.

Two more long days and then I make my final strech to the Hall’s front steps. I want to give a sincere thank you to Steve Perry, the Hall of Fame’s President/Executive Director. He announced the other day that the Hall of Fame has set aside a block of enshrinement tickets that if you buy them and say you want to support Grace’s Lamp, the Hall of Fame is giving $10 of the ticket price to the charity. Thank you so much Steve. I’m just thrilled.

Challenges and camaraderie

Jul 17, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

7:50 p.m. ET

My feet hurt but other than that, all is going well. Starting off was kind of brutal. I went 4½ hours straight before taking a break. It was hot but some rain and thunderstorms blew in and cooled things down a bit.

I was in the middle of nowhere today. I think during one stretch, I walked 11 miles and only saw about 20 cars.


Eljay, my good friend, keeps me going in the right direction and rerouted me because of construction. He also is great at finding us somewhere to eat during my breaks!

I continue to hear from Hall of Famers. Today, Chris Doleman, Chris Hanburger and Bart Starr called to give me words of encouragement. Now, all of these guys are great but I was just thrilled to hear from Bart.

As I said in one of my earlier blogs, I’m just a football fan like you. So, I grew up watching Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers. In the pecking order of life, Bart is right up there at the top!

Hearing from guys keeps me going. Thanks Chris, Chris, and Bart.

I’m from a big family. I’m number 9 of 10 and I have six kids of my own. We’re a very close-knit family. So, my phone’s ringing throughout the day. Thanks to everyone for the support. It makes these long days manageable. It’s almost spiritual out here as I keep walking by myself. I have a lot of time to think. Heck, I’ve been talking to myself and getting to a point where I'm answering back!

I am getting excited about arriving in Canton. I want to get home; 10 days on the road is a long time.

All in all, this has been such a great experience. I’ve always missed football. I’ve missed the challenge and the camaraderie of the game. This walk kind of represents both of those. It definitely is a challenge walking 20 miles a day. Even more of a challenge in this heat! And, having my cell phone ringing so much with calls from family, friends, former teammates, and so many Hall of Famers brings back that element of camaraderie.

And, I have to finish today’s blog with a special thank you to Dan Reel of Reel’s Auto Sales. He gave me the great recommendation of the Turkey BLT at Chicago’s Pizza today for lunch! It was great. More importantly, I thank Dan for adding a post to their Facebook page to encourage people to donate!

Where’s Joe D?

Jul 16, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

8:25 a.m.

Good morning Ohio. I’m on my way this morning. It’s going to be a hot one but I’m ready for it.

I want to thank everyone out there for the continued support. My friends at the Hall of Fame tell me that they’ve fielded some calls from people wanting to know exactly where my route is going today.

Well, I’ll be walking down a rural road for most of the day. It’s called Mechanicsville Road about a mile west of Route 45. I’m headed toward Windsor, Ohio. If you’re coming out to show support along the route, I wanted to let you know my buddy Eljay, who’s in a lead vehicle and charted my route, does give me a break every once in a while! At some of my breaks I’ll jump in the car with him and we’ll go find something to eat since were kind out there in the country today. But, not to worry, I’ll be trekking down the road most of the day and be on Mechanicville Road for about 18 miles which should take me into late afternoon.

Again, thanks for following along. And, if you can spare a few bucks, please consider donating to Grace’s Lamp.

A hot, hot day

Jul 16, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

7:40 p.m. EDT

I thought it would feel worse with the heat today as it was soaring into the 90s. But, it went well. Nevertheless, I’m going to start about an hour earlier tomorrow before it gets too hot.

It was a longer day than usual as I walked through a lot of open area and not much was around. But, when I do come across people they all seem to know about the walk. I appreciate everyone reading this blog.

A reporter from Fox 8 in Cleveland came out and did a story on me. I usually don’t like to watch myself but I saw it tonight. It was pretty good and I appreciate all the exposure the cause is getting. Here’s the story on tonight’s news:


I guess quarterbacks do like linemen! Warren Moon and Dan Fouts were among those Hall of Famers calling to encourage me. Thanks to the others – John Randle, Tom Mack, Elvin Bethea, and Paul Krause – for their calls today.

They all seem to appreciate what I’m doing.

I find myself feeling like that “Walking Wallenda” guy who was praying as he crossed the Grand Canyon last month. Now, I know my two feet are on the ground, but I do find myself praying to keep me moving.

That, and drinking a ton of water and getting my fill of bananas!

One more day down as I keep getting closer to Canton.

I made it to Ohio!

Jul 15, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

7:35 p.m.


It was a hot day today but I remain on pace. I'd like to give a special thanks to Eljay, my college teammate and friend for life. He's the one who planned our route and keeps me headed in the right direction safely. I appreciate his companionship on the road. Every day, he walks about five miles with me. He'll park the vehicle about 2 1/2 miles ahead and walks back to me and we walk together back toward the car.

We rewarded ourselves after today's trek with some good ice cream from Cone's in Ashtabula. A special shout out to Mattie who was an excellent salesperson during our visit!

Another special thanks to Franco Harris who sent me some special socks from his company Silver Socks. They're made with silver and are used  by the military. I've been wearing the same pair for five days and they remain dry (and more importantly odor free!). My feet never feel good as they're arthritic but the socks are helping. Thanks Franco!

Franco also checked in on me by phone today as did a number of other Hall of Famers like Dave Wilcox, Thurman Thomas and Dick Butkus.

Butkus kiddingly asked me why it was taking me so long.

Now, I have to tell you, I'm really just a football fan like most of you reading this blog. So, I think it is just the coolest that Dick Butkus is calling me!

I'm just so motivated after getting calls every day. Thanks Thurman, Franco, and Dick and all the others reaching out to me every day. And, thanks to Eric Dickerson for his kind email today.

There are all kinds of angels out here. So many people are coming up and greeting me. Today, a guy came off the golf course around Conneaut to say hello. He played college football with my former teammate Jim Haslett.

I'll keep moving along tomorrow. When you have passion, you can achieve a lot!

Thankful for the support

Jul 13, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

8:05 p.m. EDT


Today, I crossed paths with a guy by the name of Gregg Anderson who was in a wheelchair. He had his leg amputated and he’s been waiting nearly two years to get his prosthetic leg. Gregg was asking me what I was doing the walk for and was really amazed when I told him. Meeting Gregg gave me a boost during these long days as it reminds me how fortunate I am and exactly why I'm doing this.

 
 
My walk has also allowed me to see the landscape of America. It’s like capturing America all at once. I was walking through Erie, Pa. and there were just some beautiful neighborhoods and then I continued through into the not so nice areas and saw some of the shutdown businesses. 
 
Aside from having lots of time to think as I walk, I did some multi-tasking today as I worked out with my Joe D band for about an hour of my walk.

I continue to be so thankful for all of the support I’m getting. There’s not a day that goes by that I can’t think of how great it is to be in the Hall of Fame and be part of that group. Today, I got calls from Billy Shaw, Paul Krause, and Bobby Bell. Jack Youngblood called me last night also. It means a whole lot to me that these guys care so much and call to make sure I’m doing okay. It makes me feel good.
 
Well, this has been a real gut check. They are long days for sure. Tomorrow, I’m having a “light”day and will cover about 17 miles. We’re right on schedule and I expect to cross into Ohio sometime on Sunday. 
 
I appreciate all the media coverage. Joey and I leaving Ralph Wilson Stadium was the No. 2 “Play of the Day” on ESPN the other day. And here are a couple of other stories on my walk from TV stations in Buffalo.
 
 
 
 

Welcome to the Keystone State

Jul 12, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

5:40 p.m. EDT

 I’ve chalked up 66 miles. I feel good, as well as can be expected. I trained by walking 15 miles a day so I’m feeling the extra miles and my feet hurt a bit. 

But I continue to marvel at the kindness of the people I meet. I had a college student pull up to me today. His dad and grandfather greeted me the day before so now I’ve met the three generations. He only had $5 on him but wanted to give it to me. I told him not to worry about it but he insisted. It was really a nice gesture.
 
I’ve been walking through a lot of working class towns. You can tell the people really appreciate what I’m doing. This walk kind of reminds me of playing football. You’re standing in the tunnel and really excited at game time. Then, you have to go out and work. This walk is certainly hard work for sure.
 
I’ve been getting lots of support. Today, three of my fellow Hall of Famers – Andre Tippett, Elvin Bethea, and Paul Krause – called to check in and make sure I’m doing okay. I’m also getting lots of calls from former teammates. It sure helps keep me going.
 
I hit a big milestone today. I crossed into Pennsylvania! At the same time, I saw a family with six kids standing and pointing at the sign. They’re from Arizona and driving cross country. They thought it was cool what I was I doing and asked me to pose with them for a picture and I signed a football for one of the boys. 
 
 
Time for some rest and I’ll keep moving toward Canton!


 

At the 10-yard-line with 90 yards to go!

Jul 12, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

8:15 p.m. EDT

I just showered and had dinner after covering another 22 miles.

I really enjoyed my trek through the countryside today. There’s just so much history in the towns and buildings along the way like this church!


And, the people just continue to be incredible. They’re very supportive and as I made my way through Fredonia, N.Y., it seemed liked everyone knows about the walk. They were honking horns and many came up to me, got their picture taken, and handed over money for the cause.

There was one guy on his way to a charity golf tournament and he turned around and came back and donated $20. Another guy jumped off his tractor to come over and see me. Another guy stopped to get his picture taken with me and then went and got his dad. I certainly appreciate all the warm wishes from so many great people I come across in each town.

I had a good day but the feet are little sore which I guess is expected. 

There’s no way I’m not making it! To use a football analogy, we’re on our own 10 and driving with 90 yards to go.


A great start

Jul 11, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

6:20 p.m. EDT


I feel fantastic. I fell about a mile short of our target today because a storm blew in. But, I covered almost 25 miles and made it to Irving, N.Y.  I made really good time especially considering I didn’t get started until around 10:35 this morning. I’ll be in more of my groove tomorrow as I’ll start at 6:45 a.m. and walk three of four hours and then take a little longer break.

The Bills have been super. What a great sendoff they did for us this morning. They’ve just been so supportive of Joey and me.

Jim Kelly called me to say he was sorry he couldn’t be with us at the stadium but wanted to wish me luck. He then talked with Joey for a few minutes and Joey was just on Cloud Nine! We then walked into the stadium. This was the first time that he had ever stepped foot in a pro stadium.

Check out this video from Ralph Wilson Stadium.


It was really humid today. I think I lost 4 or 5 pounds!

But, I’ll tell you something. Sometimes we get caught up in all the bad news we read and see but today reminds me of all the good out there. People along the route were greeting me. They’d give me words of encouragement and many were donating money. There was one couple that handed us $50.

I heard from former Bills player and longtime announcer Paul Maguire. He told me to put him down for $1,000. Incredible. People are just so kind and generous.

It makes me thankful for having played in the NFL and being in the Hall of Fame. It’s enabled me to do things that I couldn’t have done in a million years.

We’re making a difference in Joey’s life and the lives of other kids.

40 Years After

Jul 10, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

9:05 a.m. EDT

Wow! Memories came flooding back to me this morning as I arrived at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. It was 40 years ago (that’s hard to believe) that I played my first NFL game in what was the first-ever game in the brand new stadium (then called Rich Stadium).

I’ll say it over and over again, I consider myself blessed. Here I stand, at age 62, healthy and able to take on this challenge for such a great cause.

I am ready to go! I had a great dinner last night as I carbo-loaded with some great Italian food from Chef’s in downtown. I’d like to give a special thanks to my friends there for picking up our meal.

I’m also appreciative of some great coverage of this story in Buffalo and Cleveland. Check out these articles:
Tom Reed, Plain Dealer
Bucky Gleason, Buffalo News

I’ll hit the road around 10 a.m. this morning and will check in along the way to Canton!

My friend Joey

Jul 05, 2013
Joe DeLamielleure is walking to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Golden Anniversary Reunion. His Pounding the Pavement for Prosthetics Walk from Buffalo to Canton is to raise awareness and support for the GRACE’S LAMP organization that deals with young children who grow out of their prosthetic legs but cannot afford the high cost of new adult prosthetic legs. Read story>>> | Support Grace’s Lamp>>>

Thanks for reading my blog and listening to my story.

Several years ago, a friend of mine who owns a burger restaurant in Charlotte noticed two customers. They were Chrystal Funderburk and her son Joey. My friend noticed that Joey had prosthetic legs and asked him about it. He listened to their story and then told them about some old football player who might, as a "celebrity," be willing to help their cause. That “old football player” is me. My friend gave Chrystal my number and she eventually gave me a call.

This started an education for me as I was completely unaware of the cost for prosthetic legs. In the process, I’ve gained a new friend in Joey. Here’s his story and why I’m going to walk more than 20 miles a day for nearly two weeks to get from Buffalo to Canton!

About 15 years ago, after her divorce, Chrystal followed a calling after reading about an orphanage in Romania. She spent three months volunteering at the orphanage. She had no intention of adopting a child but met a five-year-old boy who was born with birth defects after his mother had taken medication during the pregnancy. Chrystal immediately connected with the young boy who was born without legs. She spent the next 1½ years going through the process of bringing him to the United States so he could get surgery and live a better life. She remarried and in 2004, she and her husband adopted that child. That boy she welcomed into her life is my friend Joey.



I was shocked to learn that amputees need new legs every 3-5 years and children require new prosthetic legs every two years. The cost of the prosthetics legs are around $120,000 and insurance stopped covering the full costs for Joey when he turned 18.

So, he decided to start doing some fundraising to help raise money. The story received a bit of local publicity and soon it was picked up by ABC News. That resulted in a great amount of support and soon Joey was fitted with new prosthetics.

Rather than just take their good fortune in stride, Joey and Chrystal decided they wouldn’t sit back and just say “good for us!” They started Grace’s Lamp.

Grace's Lamp Foundation is a charity that started to help Joey and others like him receive the medical treatment that they need and also to help other families adopt children. When they originally started raising funds to get new prosthetic legs for Joey, they had no idea they would see such an incredible outpouring of love and generosity for Joey's needs. Everyone was so kind and encouraging, that they soon realized they could not just sit back and accept all these blessings without doing something to help others in similar situations. Grace's Lamp was established to help families adopt children, go on missions, and get the medical treatment that they need.

Along the way, they decided they needed a “celebrity” and Chrystal grabbed my number from her purse and gave me a call.

So now I’m one of the lead dogs in this fight and I'm thankful I can use my notoriety to help.

I consider myself a very blessed man. I am walking to Canton to bring awareness and help support those young people who might not be able to walk.

I invite you to follow along through my blog as I  walk for my friend Joey and the tens of thousands children and adults in this country who are in need of new prosthetic legs.

And, if you can find it your heart, please consider a donation, large or small, to the cause.