We saw Forrest Gump run coast to coast in the 1994 blockbuster film of the same name, pounding the pavement for no particular reason.
Well, one Northwest Florida man has also accomplished this impressive feat; though, unlike his movie counterpart, his journey is very real and serves a very important purpose.
South Walton's Landon Cooper had a since he was 15 to run literally cross country, but it wasn't until he lost his dear friend to Sarcoma Cancer in 2011 that he realized WHY he had to do it. That's when his organization Miles2Give took root.
Now, more than 3,100 miles later, it's a dream made reality on a mission to save lives
"What we wanted to do was not only highlight the need for more funding, but to highlight the many stories of warriors across this country...across the world actually," said Cooper.
Joining team members, Ryan Priest and John McKay, they began their trek on Valentines Day on the Golden Gate Bridge; running each day towards the Atlantic in all conditions in honor of someone affected by the disease.
"The beautiful thing is as we were going more East, you could feel the awareness. You could feel the mission was reaching people in the most unpopulated areas," said Cooper.
Names of survivors are etched in colored marker on the ceiling of their RV and messages of encouragement from cross country fans are written on the walls.
So far, the team has raised over 100 thousand dollars upon crossing the finish line in Ocean City, Maryland, but they're not done yet.
"3187 miles is actually a small step in the direction of miles to give, so we have many more countries to come," he said. "Those days where you do want to give up is absolutely not an option, because you'd be giving up on your family, you're giving up on dreams that you can give to the world."
Cooper and his team have started a wish granted program to make dreams come true for sarcoma warriors.
To help visit: http://miles2give.org/