Tomorrow – I will walk in Central Park – I will walk in honor of Joe Bell and in memory of his son Jadin Bell and as a witness to end bullying. I invite you to join me and walk wherever you are.
From Joe’s Walk for Change:
Joe Bell set off on foot across the United States after losing his son, Jadin, to suicide. Jadin was bullied relentlessly for being gay, both in school and online. After this terrible loss Joe figured he had two choices, lay down and give up or stand up and walk.
Joe’s focus also became spreading a message of tolerance, anti-bullying and suicide prevention during his planned nationwide walk from his hometown in La Grande, Oregon to New York City.
On October 9, 2013 on a rural stretch of highway in eastern Colorado, “Joe’s Walk for Change” came to an untimely end. While walking towards Wichita, Kansas Joe was hit and killed by a semi.
People who recognize the need to end bullying have picked up Joe’s cause. This past Saturday, “Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Adams County Deputies and community members walked from where Joe was killed to Kit Carson, his next destination.”
Others continue the effort. We can become involved by
- Liking Joe’s Walk for Change on Facebook
- Walking part of Joe’s planned route
- Walking in our own area
- Donating to Joe’s Walk for Change to support groups working to stop bullying and save lives
The goal is 1,000,000 – 1,000,000 likes – 1,000,000 miles – $1,000,000.
Nearly 2,000 miles (1979.9 at this moment) have been walked so far.
This weekend has been designated as a Walk Weekend. All weekend, people individually and in groups, are invited to walk and submit their miles.
I will walk in Central Park. I’ll tweet and post on Facebook as I go along. A final report will appear here.
If you are in New York and would like to join me, let me know.
See you along the Trail.