Man, 90, walking from Illinois to Texas to help children fighting cancer

by: WCIA, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: July 19, 2021 / 8:44 PM CDT / Updated: July 19, 2021 / 8:44 PM CDT

GILMAN, Illinois (WCIA) — At age 90, Dean Troutman takes each day one step at a time.

“I’ve only covered a little over 100 miles. I’m just getting started,” he said.

The man from Princeville, Illinois, is raising money to help children fight cancer. He travels from Illinois – through 15 states and back home – and he does it all on foot.

Troutman is no stranger to hitting the curb. “Seven hundred is the most, the biggest walk I’ve taken,” he said.

But this hike is unlike anything he’s tried before. Troutman walks 3,600 miles to raise as much money as possible for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

“I love hiking, and I have to have a reason for it, and St. Jude is a charity that I think deserves as much or more than anyone else I can think of,” he said.

Troutman said it will take a while to complete the long trek.

“Maybe next year, July or August, I’ll be back home,” he said. “My goal now is to get out of Illinois, and once I get to Indiana, my goal is to hit Ohio, then Kentucky and West Virginia, then Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and I hope to be in Florida before Christmas.” to be. .”

But Troutman said there’s no better time to reach his goal. “As long as people keep sending donations and these old bones hold up and this old body stays together, I’ll keep walking,” he said.

So far, he has raised over $9,600. His goal is $36,000.

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