College student, Gordon Wayne, walked 500 miles to raise awareness and money for The National Alliance to End Homelessness. This is a cause that is close to his heart because it’s something that he’s dealt with personally. He was homeless while applying for colleges and working at an amusement park.
Once he found out that he got accepted into the college of his dreams, Boston College — on a full scholarship — he decided to walk there. This move was to commemorate the estimated 500,000 people in the United States who are currently experiencing homelessness. He walked to his college in Boston, Massachusetts from his hometown of Caroline County, Virginia.
He created a GoFundMe page for The National Alliance to End Homelessness at the start of his journey and since then, raised over $100,000.
As he was featured on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” he said,“Every time I want to quit I just think about the people I’m doing this for and this is bigger than myself and I have to keep going.”
His journey was made possible by the help of some good Samaritans who would provide him with supplies but also his determination not to give up — he would walk up to 30 to 40 miles a day.
He said in a video diary to “World News Tonight,” “I’m taking a break. I just walked for about 10 miles straight.” He also said in a different recording, “Today, Ashley and her mom brought me some supplies.”
Finally, when he got to the campus, he recorded himself walking through the stadium and said, “I’d like to welcome you to the most beautiful campus in the universe: Boston College.”
He told the news organization that he hopes this will inspire others and that being that he finally found his home on the campus, he hopes many others will also get the chance to find their homes.
“I hope that I can inspire people to keep walking. You know, keep taking that extra step,” Wayne said, “Even when it hurts. Even when it’s hard and you don’t want to. There’s no other choice. You have to keep going if you want to achieve what you want in life.”