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Trekking Across America for Beads of Courage

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Cars and trucks zoom by Stacie Eichinger as she walks along the highway from Columbus towards Laurel.

She's walking a 3,800-mile trek to 21 hospitals in the nation which support the Beads of Courage Program. The focus of the program is to help children with cancer feel a little bit better. Children who participate receive colored beads, which signify certain procedures, and milestones children with cancer go through. Eichinger is traveling across the nation to distribute beads to children with the deadly disease, and is doing it all, on foot.

"I carry little shoe beads. And I walk from hospital to hospital that beads of courage is currently in and I give the children that I meet my shoe bead with a card that says how many miles I've walked and what states I've walked in," says Eichinger.

She started in Seattle in May. Her last stop will be Savannah, Georgia.

"You just take it a day at a time its like 20 miles, 20 miles, 20 miles, and then all of the sudden its been twelve hundred miles and its like oh I just walked twelve hundred miles across the United States," says Eichinger.

For every ten dollars donated towards her walk, Eichinger will receive a matching bead set to give to cancer patients.

"I think of why I'm walking and those kids that are going through the treatment they can't give up or quit they don't have a choice so I think of that and it gives me my strength," says Eichinger.

So far she's raised almost $9,000.

"The more money we raise, the more hospitals that we can get beads of courage in to really help these kids," says Eichinger.

Eichinger has gone through 3 pairs of sneakers during her journey, but she says it's all worth it, and so rewarding, when she sees the excitement on the children's faces.

Christine Corrado

Aired for the 5pm newscast 7/15/13

Trekking Across America for Beads of Courage

COLUMBUS - Cars and trucks zoom by Stacie Eichinger as she walks along the highway from Columbus towards Laurel.

She's walking a 3,800-mile trek to 21 hospitals in the nation which support the Beads of Courage Program. The focus of the program is to help children with cancer feel a little bit better. Children who participate receive colored beads, which signify certain procedures, and milestones children with cancer go through. Eichinger is traveling across the nation to distribute beads to children with the deadly disease, and is doing it all, on foot.

"I carry little shoe beads. And I walk from hospital to hospital that beads of courage is currently in and I give the children that I meet my shoe bead with a card that says how many miles I've walked and what states I've walked in," says Eichinger.

She started in Seattle in May. Her last stop will be Savannah, Georgia.

"You just take it a day at a time its like 20 miles, 20 miles, 20 miles, and then all of the sudden its been twelve hundred miles and its like oh I just walked twelve hundred miles across the United States," says Eichinger.

For every ten dollars donated towards her walk, Eichinger will receive a matching bead set to give to cancer patients.

"I think of why I'm walking and those kids that are going through the treatment they can't give up or quit they don't have a choice so I think of that and it gives me my strength," says Eichinger.

So far she's raised almost $9,000.

"The more money we raise, the more hospitals that we can get beads of courage in to really help these kids," says Eichinger.

Eichinger has gone through 3 pairs of sneakers during her journey, but she says it's all worth it, and so rewarding, when she sees the excitement on the children's faces.

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