Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Troy Fraternity Brothers Set Off On 150-Mile Walk For Charity
By Brittany Bivins


It's not your typical Spring Break trip.

Eleven fraternity brothers from Troy University are walking 150 miles to the beach to raise money for disabled children across Alabama and Florida.

Today they left on their six day trip, carrying all the supplies they'll need on their backs.

"It is 150 miles, so I am a little nervous about it, but hey, we're ready to do it and it's something we can look back and say, you know, 50 years from now, and say, that's what did, you know, I walked from Troy to Panama City," said Tyler Beal, who is making the walk.

It's become an annual tradition, since two of the fraternity members got the idea after seeing a man in a superman cape, carrying an American flag down the road.

"This guy's just walking. Like, what if we did something beyond the average college student and we walked? And then we just kind of went from there, where should we walk? Well, what's walk until we can't walk any further. Where's that? Panama City, the beach," said Kyle Crabtree, an alum who helped start the walk.

Over

three years, the walk's raised more than $5,000 for charity.Troy walkers or donate, you can visit their website here.

It's a story that touched former Special Olympian Billy Williams, who met the Walk Hard team, and gave them a very special good luck charm. "I said I'd like to have him to walk the coin that they give to us in the military, I was in the Navy for four years, disabled veteran from Desert Storm, to walk the coin to Panama City."

He says he'll buy the coin back from them when they get there.

The eleven walkers say it's moments like this that make it all worth it. "This is what we're wanting to do, to put, you know, a positive impact around the community of Troy and also around the country," said John Duncan, who was making the trip.

The eleven walkers hope to make it to Pier Park in Panama City next Wednesday.

This year, another ATO chapter at Grand Valley State University in Michigan also picked up the tradition, raising more than $11,00 in their own 160-mile walk.

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