Wednesday, February 4, 2015

After story of Detroit man walking 21 miles a day goes viral, his life is about to change

Eight miles to work, thirteen miles home.
On Sunday, the Detroit Free Press ran a story on James Robertson, a 56-year-old man who walks 21 miles a day, to and from work because the buses don't cover much of his route. Thanks to the generosity of readers in Detroit and around the country, James won't be walking to work much longer:

A Downriver car dealership offered to give him a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz or Sonic. "He gets to choose," said Angela Osborne, customer service specialist at Rodgers Chevrolet in Woodhaven. "We were just impressed with his determination," Osborne said.
He's not just getting a car. Evan Leedy, a college student from Fort Wayne University was so taken with James Robertson's story that he set up a fundraising page:
Before he knew it, thousands of dollars were coming in. One day later, more 5,300 people donated a total in excess of $149,000. "We now have car dealerships and car companies saying they will donate a car," Leedy says. "We can now use this money to truly change James' life." READ MORE

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