By Rebekah Hurst, editor
Seth Mayer of Clarksville, Tenn. has been making news in Middle Tennessee lately because he is doing something quite extraordinary; he’s on a thousand mile walk to raise money for Daniel Burgess, an 11 year-old Antioch boy with brain and spine cancer. Mayer began his journey in Clarksville Nov. 21 and plans to arrive in Miami on January 18.
On his way
down Hwy. 41, Thanksgiving night Mayer was camping in a Noah church parking lot before some friendly locals offered him a free Thanksgiving meal and a place to spend the night at “Hippie Hill,” embedded in the hills of Beechgrove. While passing through Manchester, Mayer made time for a quick interview with the Times at the McDonalds on Hillsboro Hwy. He explained that as a Desert Storm disabled veteran who battles Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he has found that doing something for others has been the best therapy for him.
“I wanted to be a King and God called me to be a servant,” said Mayer, commenting that it has been through service to others that he has gained a very real purpose for his life. “Love is being able to live your life for someone,” he added.
Mayer and his wife, Ronica, have three children, Annie age 19, Elise age 18 and Seth age 7. This is Mayer’s second thousand mile walk to help someone in need.
After leaving McDonalds, Mayer was walking to Hillsboro where Pastor Chris Haynes with the Hillsboro United Methodist Church had offered to give him a place to stay for the night before continuing on the next day.
For those who would like more information about Mayer’s journey or would like to donate to Daniel’s medical cost, Mayer is journaling his adventure on his facebook page, athousandmilesforafriend and it includes contribution information as well. He may also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.