Walking ocean to ocean for cancer
|Spencer Leeboh passed through Susanville this week. He's from Eureka and plans to walk to Maine to raise awareness and funds for cancer. To follow his journey and find out more about his cause, visit his website xcountryforacure.com. Photo by Jordan Clary|
April 2, 2013 — For his job Spencer Leebolt wears a suit and tie and watches people play cards at a casino up near the Oregon border, but these days, and for the next several months, he’ll be in tennis shoes and hiking garb and likely in need of a shave.
Leebolt is walking across the country, from ocean to ocean, to raise awareness and donations for cancer.
“It’s a cause everyone identifies with,” he said. “Almost everyone has someone in their family or a friend they’ve lost to cancer.”
Covering about 20 miles a day, he said he’s walking for one of his coworkers who recently passed away from cancer, and also because there are a number of children in Eureka who have a rare form of cancer called clear cell sarcoma
Last week Leebolt passed through Susanville. He spent the night in Standish with a friend and on Thursday, March 28, trekked down County Road A3 toward Highway 395 where he’ll then go on to Reno. He plans to follow Interstate 80 most of the way across the country.
“I’m at the beginning of my journey,” said Leebolt. I’m not even through state one yet.”
He said he’s having a great time and has met “very cool people. That’s the greatest part about it. You’ll be walking, and you don’t even know where you’re going to stay and you meet somebody who just accepts you. They don’t think you’re a weirdo. They usually want to cook you a meal, just help out. So it’s good to see that’s still out there because a lot of people in America are paranoid.”
Some people do find him suspect, he said. If you’re not in a car, folks don’t understand.
“You can’t just walk around any more,” he said. “I look at all this beauty, all this outdoors. Kids need to get out more. Less TV. Less video games. They need to get out and hike around these mountains.”
Leebolt’s father walked with him from the coast to Redding. He said others have talked about joining him but right now it’s him alone.
He said his work is allowing him time off and he has a few sponsors. Five Ten Shoes provided him with walking shoes, and Spot gave him a GPS.
“This is an awesome satellite tracker,” he said. “It runs straight from satellites, not from cell service.”
As a result, Leebolt said he can push a button anywhere he is and send text messages to his loved ones such as sons Jordan, 11, Blaike, 9 and Ari, 5. If there is a serious emergency, he can also use the tracker to call in a helicopter.
For now, in this early part of his journey, Leebolt is enjoying his time on the road.
“It’s nice out here,” he said, gesturing to the spacious landscape. “It’s mellow. Beautiful views. I’ve been walking for days seeing nothing but beauty all around.”
For information on Leebolt’s journey, visit xcountryforacure.com.
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