I hope I’ve made a difference


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.

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