Man raises Parkinson's disease awareness by walking across America

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - One man is bringing awareness to Parkinson's disease and it's taking him almost 3,000 miles to do it.

Bill Bucklew, 48, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2012.

However, his symptoms existed long before and he had gone improperly diagnosed for seven years.
Today, the Wilmette, Illinois native is determined to find a cure by walking.

He's walking 2,600 miles from Tybee Island, Georgia to San Diego, California to raise awareness.

Along the way, he's also talking with people who have been affected by the disease.
We got a chance to meet up with him as he made his way through Louisiana.

"So I started thinking what can I do that would be walking-involved that would be really big and potentially draw a lot of attention to the cause. So, I don't know, one night it seemed like a good idea, a couple years ago to walk across America and it's been already really rewarding," said Bucklew.

Bucklew says anyone is welcome to walk with him.

Click here ---> to track his location.