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One man is running 11,000 miles to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis, but the journey is different through his eyes

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An Illinois man is running thousands of miles across the US, to raise money and awareness for people fighting cystic fibrosis.

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David Kuhn's route began in Seattle and today - landed him nearly 1500 miles away in West Fargo.

Shows us how the journey through David's eyes, is much different.

When the early morning dew drips from the grass and the sun starts to light up the sky.

David Kuhn/Blind Runner: "Just to go out for a run."

David Kuhn hits the ground each day, running.

Kuhn: "It's very mentally cleansing."

Today, playing through his routine, with Michelle Donarski matching his stride.

Michelle Donarski/West Fargo Guide Runner: "Being able to do anything you set your mind to."

David can hear their feet pound on the track and feel the breeze as he passes by, but what he can't do is see the group running alongside him.

Kuhn: "I've really had a lot of wonderful things happen to me as a result of losing my eyesight, including getting into running."

David has spent more than half of his 62-years blind, after an accident with a drunk driver.

Kuhn: "I hated running back then when I could see."

But his eyes now see purpose.

Donarski: "What a way to raise awareness."

Spending his life so his granddaughter- born with cystic fibrosis- can hopefully prolong hers.

Kuhn: "I just decided to take it one step further when her health, my granddaughter's health, deteriorated rapidly at the end of last year."

One step for 11-thousand miles.

Donarski: "I asked him what's 11-thousand miles? And he said that's the perimeter of the US."

Kuhn: "I can't think of it in its big picture, that's too much."

Different legs at different cities across the country, raising money to fight the disease.

Donarski: "I've never ran 20 miles ever."

Kuhn: "My goal is 20 miles a day."

Donarski: "So I said, I’ll do 4 to 5 with Dave."

Each small piece pulling runners with his passion.

Donarski: "To be able to listen to Dave and hear somebody say this is what I’m going to do and actually the ability of loss of sight has given me the ability to do so much more."

And proving you don't have to see the world, to see the impact you can leave behind.

Kuhn: "They're on the right track."

David hopes to complete 11,000 miles in 18 months and raise $500,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

He'll be in the Fargo area through August 5th and if you'd like to help, you can visit his Facebook group called "It's All I can Do."

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Kay Cooley
Kay Cooley came to WDAY 6 News in September of 2012. She was born in a suburb of Chicago then made her home in Hershey, PA. Kay graduated from Northwestern University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. At Northwestern, Kay was a member of the Division I Women’s Swim Team and a reporter for the Northwestern News Network on campus. Before coming to WDAY, Kay was working for KVRR in Fargo and interned at ABC27 in Harrisburg, PA. When she’s not out in the field reporting, Kay enjoys being active and spending time with friends and family. If you have story ideas, questions or just want to say hello, feel free to email Kay at kcooley@wday.com.
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