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My 67 day walk across America resulted in 100's of connections with People from all walks of life, many of which have or have in their lives, someone with Parkinson's disease, and all have amazing stories to tell.  This book is about the power of connecting directly with people, why this country is amazing and how we can better uncork our potential to do more individually and collectively.  "More" for me is finding a cure for Parkinson's and helping those affected by the disease live better.

This isn't just a story about Parkinson's disease, but how a singular act of intense purpose can lead to an amazing kaleidoscope of altruism and humanity so surprising and touching that it has to be told.

This will be a open book of this great journey, which brought severe physical ailments, dangerous wildlife encounters, weather you only read about and how perseverance and sometimes blind optimism lead to only good things on the uncharted road.

This book should appeal to anyone who finds inspiration in the triumphs of real life!

BACKGROUND:

On Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, Bill Bucklew and over 50 friends, family, Parkinson’s patients and supporters walked in unity from Veteran’s Park in San Diego, California to the Imperial Beach Pier, in celebration of  Bill’s last mile across America.  Over 20k people logged in crashing the website.

Bill began his cross-country journey across America, starting on Tybee Island, Georgia (to San Diego, California) on November 24, 2017. In just 67 days , Bill walked 2,594 miles averaging 1.5 marathons per day without a break or day off , across the country through tumultuous terrain, variant climate changes, animal encounters and unexpected road conditions. He met 100's of people with Parkinson’s disease, caregivers of Parkinson’s disease patient, people inspired by the cause and connected with them through his non-for-profit organization’s website (uncorkedaventures.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/walk4parkinsons/). Bill and his Foundation have received over 450 individual donations and raised over $120,000 for Team Fox, a grassroots community fundraising program that is part of The Michael J. Fox Foundation.  

After being mis-diagnosed for 7 years and ultimately diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2012 at the age of 43 (Bills father was also diagnosed with the disease after him in 2015), Bill not only volunteered to participate in a 5 year medical study to advance early diagnosis, he ran various fundraisers every year and started planning what ultimately became the connected-walk across America.  The walk embodies his mission to connect, help and collaborate with people to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease research, helping and inspiring those who are affected by the disease and bring more awareness to the public. Bill’s ultimate goal is to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.  

WALK ACROSS AMERICA FACTS:

8 states crossed: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California

Total Miles: 2,594

Total Shoes: 26 Pairs

Total # of Blisters:  More than pairs of shoes....

Bill….

Lost 41 pounds (as of this writing)

Loves his beard, but Heidi does not,  stay tuned......

Connected with over 160 people for the first time, some traveling 1,000s of miles to meet him.

People had Bill stay at their home, donated meals, hotel rooms, clothes and made donations when they met him

Restaurants stayed open when they heard he was coming through town

Walked an average of 1.5 marathons each day

Wore down 3 sets of trek poles

Bill may have walked from coast to coast faster than anyone

Found two wallets and gave them to the police, then when his neighbor lost Bills wallet in Arizona, it was returned 4 days later.

Was advised not to attempt to do the walk by his coach and staff, who quit on him over concern for his ability to complete the walk

Drank 65 chocolate milks - Nutritionist Approved

Typical breakfast included: 2 large waffles, 4 yogurts and 2 glasses of orange juice

Spent 134 hours (almost 2 hours each day) bandaging his feet

Bill endured…

35-50 MPH winds and a flying mailbox in a dust storm

Frost bite in Texas

16 attacks by dogs

Bumping into a bear

15 hour rain storms in Texas

Bill walked through……

Massive Blisters

Achilles tendon issues

Stress fracture

Acute back problems

Foot infections

Major leg swelling

Featured in over 30 different television and media publications

Guilty pleasures: Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Snickers ice cream bars, peanut m&m’s, pop tarts and listening to the BeeGee’s.

Favorite Pampered Chef product…Popcorn Maker! Great for a quick snack!

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