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Green Bay man walking to Rhinelander for a good cause


A Green Bay man is walking more than 100 miles to his high school reunion in Rhinelander. But he's not doing it for the attention. Instead, he said it's all for a good cause.

Jim Whittaker has covered a lot of ground since Sunday.

"I locked myself into this and there's no such thing as, for me, quitting," said Jim Whittaker.

The 68-year-old Green Bay man is walking to Rhinelander. Friday is his 50th high school reunion.

"I hope to be there on Thursday the 3rd," said Whittaker.

But that's not the reason he's lacing up his new walking shoes. Whittaker is raising money to help hungry children.

"There's such a need in third world countries of kids, many of them die of malnutrition," said Whittaker.

The cause is called "Feed My Starving Children."  

His initial goal was $2,500. He's already surpassed that.

Now, he's aiming even higher.

"Since it's already at $2,700, let's raise it to $10,000," said Whittaker.

Whittaker said his trek is 5 days long.

"135 miles," said Whittaker.

He said it requires just the essentials.

"Enough hydration, water, I have some energy bars, I have my own mix of walnuts and raisins that I can munch on as I go along," said Whittaker.

He started in Green Bay, walked to Shawano, then Antigo. He said he's right on track to reach Rhinelander just in time.

"Yesterday toward the end of the day I was pretty wiped out," said Whittaker.

Whittaker said gospel music helps him power through the toughest stretches.

With each step bringing his closer to his goal.

"You only live once," said Whittaker.

For more information on how you can help Jim reach his goal visit his website:

Jim Whittaker's "Feed My Starving Children" Donation site

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