81-Year-Old to Walk 500 Miles for World Pulmonary Hypertension Day

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A man from Auburn, WA, nicknamed “Pacin’ Parson” is about to embark on a walking challenge that will see him clock up between 20 and 30 miles per day.

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In honor of World Pulmonary Hypertension Day on May 5, Don Stevenson is planning to walk 500 miles in support of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Team 02 Breathe initiative.

According to the Auburn Reporter, the 81-year-old retired pastor is no stranger to long-distance walking. In the past, he raised money by walking for multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and the American Lung Association, along with many other charities.

Stevenson will begin his epic challenge on May 3, starting at Lakeland Hills, 1406 Lake Tapps Parkway E, Auburn, WA and hopes to cover around 120 miles each week, finishing up on May 31. Last year, Stevenson did something similar for pulmonary hypertension, walking 1,000 miles to raise awareness and vital funds for research.

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