Running from east to west

Jeremy Schaefer stopping in Cordele Georgia before continuing his journey across the country. / Jon Benson

Everyone throughout the world grows up setting different goals that will be remembered for a lifetime or beyond, and for Jeremy Schaefer, he is in the midst of accomplishing his.

He is running from South Carolina to San Francisco for a good cause known as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and is wanting to to help spread awareness of mental illness by taking it one foot at a time.

Schaefer said that his "inspiration came from my friends and family, but also the new people I have met and will meet as I continue."

The journey started two weeks ago and he manages to run anywhere between 20 to 50 miles a day. Some nights he is lucky enough to get a warm shower and a bed, but other nights, not so much.

Schaefer said, "I run pushing a jogging stroller that carries everything I need and most recently, I had to sleep out on a baseball field."

His adventure is just getting started and has a long way to go in order to reach his goal, but after sitting down with him, he is showing no signs of slowing down.

Schaefer,"With the support of everyone around me, it makes it easier, and I can not thank them enough."

The funds that are not used to cover his run and will be donated.

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