ILLINOIS – A 62-year-old Illinois man is well on his way to running the equivalent of 420 marathons.
And he hopes to do it over the next year and a half.
But he’s doing it at a great disadvantage, all for his granddaughter, who desperately needs help.
At 62, retired and blind, David Kuhn isn’t your average long distance runner.
He’s logging the miles through Minnesota to promote a cause, in hopes of finding a cure.
“I’m running around the perimeter states of the United States, approximately 11,000 miles for my granddaughter who has cystic fibrosis. She’s 12-years-old,” Kuhn said.
He started what he calls “It’s All I Can Do.” It is an effort to raise money and awareness in the battle to find a cure for the crippling lung disease.
Since Kuhn is challenged by his blindness, he prefers to run with a partner.
“I’m fear driven and I want to do everything I can do for my granddaughter, to extend her life and of those who are struck with this disease,” he said.
He’ll use a GPS watch to track his miles. So far, he’s logged more than 1,400.
“My Garmin keeps track of my miles and as far as the track I keep focused on the white lines,” he said.
Step by step, lap after lap, David says what he’s tackling is nothing compared to the suffocating daily struggles of Cystic Fibrosis patients like his granddaughter, Kylie.
“My pain, my suffering, my struggling is nothing compared to those,” Kuhn said.
He’s averaging about 20 miles a day. He says his goal is to raise $500,000 in the next 18 months.
If you’d like to help, David set up a Facebook page.