Georgia man running across country, brain disease awareness stops in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – With 1,900 miles to go and hundreds more to go, Georgia native Jordan Moon drove through Lincoln on Monday morning.
Moon runs across the country. He started in San Francisco on September 2.
âIt’s been wild,â Moon said. “I have met amazing people, seen beautiful parts of the country, but it’s a challenge every day.”
Moon first started the trek as an attempt to break a world record. Injuries took him off the course, but he said the goal was much more important than the record.
âI dedicated it to my grandmother who suffers from dementia,â Moon said. âIn addition, my grandfather who had a stroke and an uncle died of brain cancer. So I wanted to be able to collect as much money as possible while still accomplishing my goal. “
Moon leads giving to the American Brain Foundation, focusing on mental and physical health. He told 11/10 that he recently lost a friend to mental illness and wanted people to know that it is as much of a concern as physical brain disease.
âIf someone is having a hard time, going through a hard time, you have to have a support system,â Moon said. âI am going through very difficult times and my support system is there to pick me up, to help me. It’s the same thing in life. If you are going through a difficult time, contact your family, contact your friends.
He said the hardships of the race taught him to keep going and never give up.
âEvery day is different. Whether it’s the road conditions, the weather, the way people drive, big cities, small towns, different parts of the body start to hurt,â Moon said.
But to get by, he thinks of his relatives and his supports.
âI think how blessed I am to have the strength to do something like this,â Moon said.
Moon was heading towards Waverly and onto Iowa after his stop in Lincoln. He plans to finish his run in New York at the end of October.
âI have met more people in Nebraska than anywhere else,â Moon said. “It was amazing.”
To follow Moon’s journey or make a donation to the American Brain Foundation, visit his website theamericanrunner.com.
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