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Noah's March aims to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes

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SALINE CO. -- An 11-year-old Florida boy is walking coast to coast to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.

The boy is taking the strides in Saline County right now in hopes helping other kids, just like him.

Walking down busy Route 34, a boy and his father walk and wave at passing cars.

11-year-old Noah Barnes has Type 1 Diabetes and is walking for a cure.

"He had noticed on some of his research that there was a walk for a cure and he comes to me and says, 'can we walk and be cured?' said Robert Barnes, Noah's father.

But what inspired him to walk?

"The Terry Fox documentary, and I also didn't want to be poked," said Noah.

Terry Fox lost a leg to cancer in 1980 and ran across Canada to raise money to fight the disease that took his leg.

"And Noah was so impressed by this and so inspired by this he's like look, 'that's what I can do. I've got two legs and I'm going to run across America,'" said Robert.

At first, his parents were skeptical of the idea.

It didn't take him long to convince his parents to join him for the cause.

"His big closing line to me was, 'don't you wand me to be cured?' And that was how it started," said Robert.

And so on January first, from West, Florida, they started walking.

Dozens of miles a day, they have covered over 1,300 miles. 

All for the final destination of the northwest

The family of five travels in a Jeep, staying in hotels or the homes of people who open their doors to them.

Robert says that they have seen an outpouring of support from many of the communities they have walked through since the beginning.

So they'll keep walking, all the way to Washington raising money and awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, the disease that he's dealt with since he was 16 months old.

"I hope to gain awareness, enough money, and a cure," said Noah.

To learn more about Noah's March, click here.

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