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Green Bay man successfully walks to Rhinelander reunion


A Green Bay man has successfully walked more than 100 miles to his 50th high school reunion. Friday was his reunion.

But, besides the excitement of the reunion, he was also able to raise a lot of money along the way.

Surrounded by classmates, Jim Whittaker has become a sort of celebrity at his 50th Rhinelander High School reunion.

"I first saw him on TV on channel 9...I thought oh wow," said Janet Holquist, Jim's classmate.

Whittaker walked all the way from Green Bay to get there. At the same, he was raising money.

"It's not about me, it's about things that need to be done," said Jim Whittaker.

Whittaker has raised about $3,000 for the "Feed My Starving Children" initiative. The group helps children around the world.

"What a neat thing to do at our age to let us know that we're not done, there's still a road to travel and he did it," said Holquist.

Jim Whittaker said his journey took a little longer than he expected, about 149 miles, but he said every mile was worth it.

As he journeyed north, he said people kept stopping and donating.

"She said are you the one doing the walk, I saw you on television last night, the interview you did, she said, it's a good cause, here's ten dollars," said Whittaker.

His classmates said they couldn't be more proud.

"His walking here got me to the reunion," said Rodney Morey, Jim's classmate.

"Most of them came up and congratulated me and stuff, gave me a hug, and said awesome and stuff," said Whittaker.

He won't deny, he reached his destination, a little sore.

"I said, I'm home," said Whittaker.

But sore or not, he said now, he has a lot of catching up to do.

"I want to get with the classmates and stuff and share some old memories," said Whittaker,

And one thing he said he learned from this entire experience: if you have a goal, go for it.

Jim's reunion continues tomorrow and he's not finished raising money.


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

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