SPOKANE-- A Washington man is making his way home from North Dakota by foot.
This isn’t the first time Don Stevenson has walked for a good cause. He’s taken on almost 20 different charity walks, and this time he wants to raise awareness for the blind.
Stevenson is almost finished with his 1,400 mile walk. As of Sunday night he’s made it to Spokane, just one stop on his way back to Auburn.
He took on the mission because of a friend’s son who was born blind.
“One of these days, I believe this little guy’s going to be able to see,” Stevenson said.
He started walking in 1998 and has trekked about 50,000 miles so far.
Stevenson originally wanted to walk the whole journey blindfolded. It didn’t work out for some locations, but when he can, he walks with his eyes covered with the help of a friend. A team of four assists Stevenson as he walks. He also carries a walking a stick, and his wife follows behind the team in a support van.
“The blindfold is to show empathy for the blind,” he said.
Stevenson hopes this small gesture helps him and his friends appreciate what those can’t see go through everyday. Making that connection is a small step forward for him and his cause.
"Even if I don’t raise a penny, I still get rewards out of the people I meet and know that we are aware that there are blind people out there who need help.”
To learn more about Stevenson’s journey, click here.