Rollerblading cross-country for a cause

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NATIONAL (WCIA) — A 26-year old man is traveling cross-country on rollerblades to fight childhood hunger.

He started in San Francisco. Wednesday, he came through Jacksonville, in Central Illinois.

Mike Lempko is on ay 74 of his rollerblading adventure. It was blazing in the middle of the cornfields, but he was all smiles and super-motivated to get this done.

In May, he quit his newsroom job in Denver, started a GoFundMe page and flew to San Francisco to hit the road.

His goal is to raise $15,000. 90% will go to the No Kid Hungry National Charity. It helps feed underprivileged children in the U.S. eat breakfast and lunch for free.

He’s only halfway through his trip and he’s almost reached his goal. He says anything extra is 100% going towards kids.

Mike is couch-hopping with friendly strangers who’ve heard about his journey in the media. So far, he’s gone 2,300 miles, purely on rollerblades. He’s had to change them out seven times. He’s getting his 8th pair in Bloomington.

When asked if any fellow rollerbladers had joined him on his trip, he said not quite, but a friend biked with him in Denver and a kid rollerbladed with him for ten miles.

So, he’s been alone for the majority of his trip, but he says it’s been a life-changing and amazing experience and he’s loving every minute of it.

According to Feeding America, one-in-six U.S. children may not know where their meal is coming from. Roughly 13 million kids in the country face hunger.

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