Tuesday, January 19, 2016

PTSD Veteran Takes 1,000 Walk to Help 11 Year Old Child With Cancer

Man makes pit stop in Brevard on 1,000-mile trek 
FLORIDA TODAY
Michelle Mulak
January 19, 2016
"I was lost in my own head," said Mayer, who passed through Brevard late last week. "All I was thinking about was myself, and how bad things were. It was all about me. I knew what I needed was to find a reason to focus outward, to help others."

Seth Mayer, 39, is walking 1,000 miles to raise money for an 11 year old with brain cancer.
(Photo: Michelle Mulak/FLORIDA TODAY)
Seth Mayer is a man on a mission. His mission: Walking 1,000 miles from Tennessee to Miami in an effort raise money to help an 11-year old with brain cancer. Mayer passed through Brevard last week.

Mayer is walking 1,000 miles from his home in Clarksville, Tennessee, to Miami, Florida in an effort to raise money for an 11-year old boy from his hometown with brain and spinal cancer. For the past 52 nights, he's slept in a tent behind churches in the towns he passes through. He's walked through snow, ice, rain, thunderstorms, sand storms, blazing sun and numbing cold. He's suffered from dehydration, debilitating foot cramps, and chafing so bad that it bled.

And he couldn't be happier about it.

Just a few short years ago Mayer, 39, was in a dark place. This disabled veteran was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and was deeply depressed.
Mayer heard about the family and their needs, wanted to help, and decided to do something bold. He enlisted the support of the community and several local businesses, and set off on foot on a thousand-mile journey in an effort to raise money for the Burgess family. The move gained momentum and people began to take notice, and A Thousand Miles Ministry was born. read more here