Chaplain raises money walking from Spokane to Issaquah


by Othello Richards &

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 5:46 PM

SPOKANE-- A western Washington chaplain and heart attack survivor began a cross-state trek on foot Wednesday morning.

65-year-old Johann Neethling is walking with his daughter 300 miles from Spokane to Issaquah to fundraise for the nursing home where he works.

KREM 2 News caught up with the pair on mile 22, just outside Reardan around noon.

The chaplain's journey is for him and the elderly patients he serves.

Six years ago a heart attack nearly took Neethling’s life.  Since then he's lost 50 pounds and has developed a love of walking. 

Neethling overseas pastoral care at Providence Marianwood Nursing Community in Issaquah, Washington.

Motivated by a desire to maintain his fitness, Neethling is walking 300 miles across the state.  His daughter accompanies him.  His wife drives close behind.

On his journey to Issaquah the chaplain is raising money to help build a small bistro at providence Marionwood's  new transitional care unit.
The father and daughter plan to walk 30 miles a day.  The chaplain hopes to reach Issaquah next Wednesday.

Donations to his cause can be made online by clicking here or by calling Providence Marionwood at (425) 391-2895.