JUPITER, FL - Zach Collett wasn't watching last January, when the first horrifying images of the destruction in Haiti, began to play on the evening news.
"It was just too sad. I flipped on the TV in the middle of mycomplaining about my sore legs and my, hard life," said Colllett.
The horror in the faces of those hit the hardest by the quake, thousands of amputees, made him reassess his priorities.
"I can put my limbs to work for those who don't have any anymore," said Collett.
He had an idea, and decided to run with it.
"I want to raise 150,000 dollars, to fully equip a prosthetics and research center, down in Port Au Prince. My charity of choice is Physicians for Peace," said Collett.
If, as Confucius said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then Zach's 1000 mile plus odyssey is nearing it's end.
"Saturday afternoon is the big finish line," said Collett.
The finish line for his walk, but only the beginning, for those without the support to stand on their own.
"In our country, if you lose a limb, you're pretty much ensured that you'll somehow end up with a prosthetic if you get the proper care. But in Haiti, these are the people that fall through the cracks," said Collett.
Just because Collett's walk ends on Saturday, doesn't mean that's the last opportunity to donate. Collett says he'll leave his website up, for another two years.
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