11-year-old Noah Barnes was a bit of a celebrity today posing for pictures as he walked through Ferndale on the way to Blaine, the end of a 11-month trek covering over 4,000 miles, to raise money for diabetes research.
Barnes, of Jupiter, Florida, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 16 months old. He came up with the idea for the cross-country trek last year after hearing about Canadian Terry Fox who, at age 18, was diagnosed with cancer and attempted a cross-country run on a prosthetic leg. Fox died of cancer before he could finish.
The Barnes family, after realizing Noah was serious about making the trek, made some serious commitments of their own. Dad, Rob, quit his job and mom, Joanne, packed up Noah’s 4- and 8-year-old siblings so the family could come along and support Noah.
They also created Noah’s March Foundation, Inc. (a 501c3 non-profit organization). Supporters have been encouraged to donate to the Foundation. As of noon today, the Foundation had raised $20,983 for diabetes research.
Noah’s trek started January 29th and stretched across 4,200 miles from Key West, Florida to Blaine, Washington.