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Jordan Dibb's March to Miami hits halfway

Jordan Dibb takes a phone call before setting off on his walk. He hit the halfway point last weekend.

May 15 marked my halfway point of the walk. It suddenly hit me that it really is just flying by and its amazing how far a person can come by just getting up and walking every day. It also made me realize I'm running out of time to fundraise for my goal of raising $100,000 for Action Against Hunger's Haiti Relief fund by the time I reach Miami on July 4. So far we've raised a little over $10,000 through Facebook and the web site, which is simply brilliant! But we have a long way to go to reach the $100,000 mark. I know my family and friends in Farmington are working on getting up a fund raiser walk for my cause sometime in June, so be looking for more info on that in the upcoming weeks.

The trip has been going great so far and I've meet hundreds of amazing people along the way. I'm continually blown away by the scenery I'm seeing as I walk through Kentucky and Tennessee and am excited to reach the peak of a rather high hill (they call it a mountain here) tomorrow night when I walk into Monteagle, Tenn. I hear the view is amazing.

I've learned people in the south are very generous and kind. Many families here have been affected by the massive flooding in the past few weeks and its been hard to see the destruction its left behind. A few people have been wondering how I can ask for money for Haiti when there is so much to fix in our backyards, so I'm doing my best to help as much as I can along the way locally as I pass through towns. Last week I helped the Murfreesboro Keller Williams Realty team fix up a local orphanage.

I struggled with continuing my journey and goal for Haiti when I received the criticism, but then last week I had a new surge of strength. I got to Skype with a friend I had met on my walk who is actually in Haiti right now. She got to use the computer with Internet (a very rare thing in Haiti) for a few minutes and we Skyped. She had a small Haitian girl with her as we talked and the young girl seemed to be eating a chocolate cookie. When I asked about the cookie, my friend informed me that it was not chocolate flavored, but was made up of a pinch of ground beans and flour, but the main ingredient was dirt. DIRT! That's when I really realized ... hey ... say what you want about the Haitian government and how the country is being run. I agree there is a lot wrong there. But when you look at this young girl, and the hundreds of thousands of other children who have no control of why they are there and have no control in making a difference and who have to resort to eating dirt cookies -- when I have the power to make a difference in their lives by walking, why wouldn't I? Doing good for others has no boundaries or borders..

I'm more determined than ever and am excited to reach my goal as I walk into Miami. We're at the point where we only need 1,800 people to donate $50. Or even just 900 people to donate $100! Its all about spreading the news, and more importantly, spreading the love. What simple pleasure or snack could you give up in your life for a few weeks to give a child in Haiti some fresh food and water? And maybe, a chance to eat a real chocolate chip cookie.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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