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Woman walks across US for charity

A woman has already walked more than 3,400 and has raised more than $20,000 for a cancer awareness charity.

Stacie Eichinger started her journey in Washington state and is making her way to Savannah. Before making it to her destination, she stopped by a Macon hospital.

"I'm always looking for a crazy adventure. Always," said Eichinger.

She was inspired to do her nationwide walk after reading "Walk Across America" by Peter Jenkins in high school.

"Beads of Courage was founded out of Tucson, and I've known the founder for quite a while," she told 13WMAZ. "I volunteer for her and I had the opportunity to meet some of the kids in the program. And saw what a simple little bead can have in the recovery process."

That's when she decided to raise awareness for the group through her walk. Eichinger says that it took her three years to plan her journey and a year to build her cart.

The cart carries food, water, gatorade and any thing else she needs.

Eichinger said, "I've stayed mostly in people's houses, but fire stations, the whole state of Kentucky was all fire stations."

Children within "Beads of Courage" collect beads for every procedure they have. Every time they get a shot, undergo surgery, or go through chemotherapy, they receive a certain color bead. Eventually they create a string of beads, a tangible record of what they've gone through.

"I would say this walk kind of put a renewed faith in humanity. Definitely," said Eichinger.

She expects to reach Savannah by January 31st.


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