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Man Walks 1,300 Miles for Good Cause

By: Drew Blair
By: Drew Blair

A Midwestern man traveled through Indiana Sunday. Not by car or plane - but by foot... all the way from Minnesota! That’s a nearly 600 mile walk and he's only halfway through his journey.

John Overby doesn't carry much physically.

“Here's some shows I was taking this morning,”

But mentally and spiritually it's another story.

“Changing your thought patterns or the way you think and the way you look at the world is one of the most difficult things to do,” said Overby.

The 54-year-old recovering alcoholic set out on a 13-hundred mile journey to use his past and others' present to educate for the future.

“At 49 years old, my world came crashing down and I realized the common denominator was my alcohol use. I didn't have a drinking problem, I had a thinking problem for which drinking was always my solution,”

Early last month, Overby took off from Eden Prairie, Minnesota determined to walk all the way to Washington D.C.

Along the way he's meeting anyone and everyone touched by drug and alcohol addiction and abuse.

“The ripple effects that go out from one person who has recovered change so many lives and the ripple effects from someone who is living in addition also change so many lives,”

Fort Wayne marks Overby's half-way point.

From here he hopes to average 20-miles a day and make it to D.C. by early September. 20-25 miles a day on anybody's legs, feet, back can be grueling.

The Walk for Recovery will not only raise awareness but documents the struggles of addition and recovery for a future film.

“I don't write books and don't paint pictures but what I do is I make films,”

During his walk, Overby's collecting donations to fund his documentary: The Choosing.

“I plan to interview at least 100 people who have recovered from addiction and find out from their experiences what it takes to recover from addiction,”


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