Man’s 7,500-mile cross-country journey raises child-abuse awareness
A couple of individuals have crossed the United States on foot, even before the movie “Forrest Gump,” to raise money and awareness for various causes. But how many have accomplished the feat three times? That is the goal of Louis Michael Figueroa. The 42-year-old has crossed America two and a half times in his life. “When I ran in 1982, I was a 16-year-old kid without gray hair,” Figueroa said as he ran his hand through his short hair, flecked with gray, as he sat for an interview in the lobby of the Lompoc Holiday Inn. Running straight across the country, the young Figueroa set a record, crossing the continent in 60 days, doing it to help inspire a boy fighting bone cancer.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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