November 9, 2007 in Nation/World

Cross-U.S. trek raises $11,000

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review

KEY WEST, Fla. – A Washington state man completed a nearly 5,000-mile cross-country walk Thursday for cancer research in memory of his late mother, who died from the disease.

Grinning broadly, Matt Gregory ended his trek by touching a buoy-like monument in Key West that delineates the spot as the southernmost point in continental America.

He then jumped into the Atlantic Ocean, wearing his shoes and his backpack with a sign proclaiming “Coast to Coast Cancer Walk.” He raised about $11,000 for the cause.

“I got pretty emotional – kind of teary-eyed,” said Gregory, after being sprayed with celebratory champagne by well-wishers.

The 28-year-old Bellingham resident began his trek Sept. 1, 2006, after quitting his job as a beverage distributor.

Money raised from the walk will go to Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where Gregory’s mother, Carolyn, had a bone marrow transplant in 1979. She died in 1999.

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