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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

This Man From Detroit Has Been Walking 21 Miles a Day to Work For the Last 10 Years -- But Not Anymore!

James Robertson

56-year old James Robertson from Detroit does something every day that most of us would never dream of doing. He walks 21 miles. But the reason why he does it will surprise you. He's not trying to draw attention or train for a marathon. He is just walking to work. And he's been doing it for the past 10 years.

James' story

When Robertson's car broke down 10 years ago, he weighed his options and decided he just could not afford to buy another car. So he began to walk to work -- every day. His shift starts at 2:00 p.m., so James needs to start his daily trek at 8:00 a.m. in order to get to work on time. Since then, he has walked 21 miles to work every day.

An unlikely ally

The story of James eventually hit the newspaper and caught the attention of 19-year-old college student Evan Leedy. Leedy was so impressed that he decided to do something to help James, even though James never complained about his situation.

The Wayne State University student set up a GoFundMe page that enabled people to donate to James' cause. Initially, Leedy wanted to raise $5,000 to help buy James a car. Little did he know that the response from people would be so extraordinary. In one day, more than 5,300 people donated a total in excess of $149,000 and the donations continue to grow - already at more than $280,000.

States Leedy, “We now have car dealerships and car companies saying they will donate a car. We can now use this money to truly change James’ life.”

Robertson's response to this huge act of kindness was, “I’m always going to be in your debt - I will never forget this.”

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