Oakes teens putting many miles on their feet to fight cancerOakes, ND (WDAY TV) - Teens from Oakes North Dakota are going the distance to fight cancer. The group "The Wanderers" hit the highway with a goal of walking 72 miles.
Oakes, ND (WDAY TV) - Teens from Oakes North Dakota are going the distance to fight cancer. The group "The Wanderers" hit the highway with a goal of walking 72 miles.
Aaron Gabriel, The Wanderers: "It hasn't really hit me yet."
It can take a while to get where you're going.
Gabriel: "It's kind of surreal.
For these teens, it will take tens of miles and more.
Daniel Courtney, The Wanderers: "Almost a way for me to kind of give back and try and help."
Twenty minutes, a mile, and they're making good time.
Gabriel: "Three miles per hour on a good day."
Their legs have already blazed through 54 miles, from Aberdeen to Guelph, North Dakota. A car can travel that in a little over an hour. For them, four days.
The Wanderers: "I'd say about ten miles left."
And their motivation is moving.
Preston Andersen, The Wanderers: "My brother in-laws older brother died of cancer."
Allen Paul, The Wanderers: "With all the people that have cancer out there, I mean, this seems like the least we could do for them."
Tristan Meier, The Wanderers: "For cancer and for all the cancer victims that survived it."
Courtney: "There's a lot of aches and pains but at the end it's all worth it."
With each passing car, comes a friendly wave
Andersen: "We've counted, 93 trucks have honked their horn."
And a push from complete strangers.
Ann Wampler, Driver: "When you're feeling that what you're doing is the right thing to do, then to go for it."
The long road home isn't always easy.
Gabriel: "It keeps us going, knowing that we're doing it for such a good cause."
The harder thing yet is knowing the destination isn't a cure, just a closer step in the right direction.
"The Wanderers" made it safely back to Oakes around three this afternoon. Dozens of family and friends welcomed the teens back into town including one dad who says he couldn't be more proud.
James Gabriel, Father: "Cancer is very prevalent in our society and I think that my children have grown to have an understanding of health and wellness and certain diseases that take a toll on society and I think that has motivated them to affect change in that area."
The Wanderers have raised nearly two thousand dollars during their trip.