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Florida Man Walks Across Country Sending Positive Message

Updated: 09/02/2014 10:47 PM
Created: 09/02/2014 4:44 PM WDIO.com

Many people in Duluth love to get outside and exercise, but a man from Florida was in town on a walking trip across the country.

Steve Fugate started his journey back in March 2013 and has been to 30 states so far. He has walked 7,000 miles with 18 states left to go.

While it's a big accomplishment, Fugate said it's all about the message he is sending with a sign above his head. It says "Love Life" and it's meant to encourage people who are in pain.

Fugate's son committed suicide 15 years ago and his daughter died of a drug overdose. He said he knows pain too well and he's sending this message to people across the country.

"To love their life and appreciate it for what it is," Fugate said. "Jump up in the morning and defeat all the negative coming at you and to fall in love with the act of breathing. To love life and that's what I'm about."

This is Fugate's eighth walk across the country. He's traveled a total of 37,000 miles. He guessed it would take him another year to make it back to Florida.

If you want to follow his journey, you can find him on Facebook by clicking here. You can also like the Love Life page by clicking here.

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