Man, 90, walking to Texas to help children battle cancer

Posted: July 18, 2021 / 5:07 PM CDT / Updated: July 18, 2021 / 5:12 PM CDT

GILMAN, Illinois (WCIA) – At age 90, Dean Troutman takes each day one step at a time.

“I’ve only covered a little over 100 miles. I’m just getting started,” he says.

The Princeville man raises money to help children fight cancer. He travels from Illinois – through 15 states and back home – and he does it all on foot.

Troutman is no stranger to hitting the curb.

“Seven hundred is the most, the biggest walk I’ve taken,” he says.

But this hike is unlike anything he’s tried before.

“You know anything can happen,” he says.

Troutman walks 3,600 miles to raise as much money as possible for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

“I love to walk and I have to have a reason to do it and St. Jude is a charity that I think deserves as much or more than anyone else I can think of,” he says.

It’s a long journey for Troutman.

“My goal now is to get out of Illinois,” he says, “and once I get to Indiana, my goal is to hit Ohio, then Kentucky and West Virginia, then Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina and I hope that I’ll be out in Florida by Christmas.”

“As long as people keep sending donations and these old bones hold up and this old body stays together, I’ll keep walking,” Troutman.

It may take a while, he says: “Maybe next year, July or August, I’ll be back home.”

However, Troutman says there is no better time to achieve his goal.

So far, he has raised over $9,600. His goal is $36,000.

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