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Running: Step by Step, Foot by Foot - One man runs for his past to help future

The United States Run begins January 15 to benefit Community Crisis Center of Elgin, IL

Bruce W. Johnson departs from Jacksonville, Fl. on January 15, 2010 to run 3,000 miles by April 15, 2010 for his hometown's crisis center. What's his goal? To raise as much money as possible for the Community Crisis Center of Elgin, Il.

With every step, Bruce runs to make sure there's always a safe place to go. He runs so that his past helps create a better future for others. The campaign "Step by Step, Foot by Foot" asks people across the United States take a step with Bruce.

Why $12?
Bruce is literally donating his feet (and entire self--that's right he self-funded his run) to this cause. This makes his feet key to the movement. We thought, what if you could buy every step Bruce takes with his feet? There are 12 inches in a foot, thus the idea was born. Steps can be purchased at the United States Run site.

12 inches in a foot times 5,280 feet in a mile times 3,000 miles equals endless possibilities.

Why would anyone up and run 3,000 miles?
"I run for the Crisis Center because I know how it feels to have no place to go; to be abused by the people who are supposed to love you; and, to try to make a new and better life for yourself," says Bruce.

When Bruce was 11 his mother passed away and at her funeral his biological father, whom he did not know, took him away from his brother and sister to live with a new family.

"They didn’t want me and I didn’t want to be there," says Bruce. Whenever he got in trouble his father physically abused him. The beatings occurred on a regular basis and many times involved him being woken up in the middle of the night.

After getting into trouble at school one day, he knew he was "in for a real beating." So, he left a note on his pillow, "'I am running away and you will never find me.' He [his father] never looked for me even though he knew I would go to Grandmas."

Bruce runs for the crisis center and so that people will always have a place to go when they need help,"I think I was meant to walk or maybe ‘run’ this life alone, I really do. And, that’s okay… Some people are blessed in other ways. I have my work, my health and a purpose. I run."

Armed with a Spot Personal Tracker and a cell phone, you can follow along with Bruce's run at the United States Run site. You can also listen to Bruce's audio diary on Cinch Cast or stay in touch with him via Facebook or Twitter.

You can also show your support on Twitter by putting one of Bruce's steps on your avatar.

Into social networking? Purchase a Poken Pulse using promo code "USrun" from Start Poken between January 15 and April 15, 2010 and the company will donate $10 to the Crisis Center.

Is Bruce coming to a city near you? Take pictures of Bruce as he runs through your town and share via Facebook or on Twitter with hashtag #USrun.

Jacksonville, FL (1/15/10) 
Brunswick, GA
Waycross, GA
Tifton, GA
Albany, GA
Eufaula, AL
Montgomery, AL
Selma, AL
Demopolis, AL
Columbus, MS
Starkville, MS
Greenville, MS
Crossett, AR
El Dorado, AR
Magnolia, AR
Texarkana, TX
Paris, TX
Gainesville, TX
Wichita Falls, TX
Lubbock, TX
Roswell, NM
Socorro, NM
Magdalena, NM
Eagar, AZ
Show Low, AZ
Payson, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Williams, AZ
Needles, CA
Ludlow, CA
Barstow, CA
Bakersfield, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Morro Bay, CA (4/15/10)

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