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From Allen to Arlington for Veterans



    For some North Texans, driving from Allen to Arlington can be a pain.  Now just imagine taking that trip on foot.  Its what two North Texans did all in the name of charity.

    Step-by-step, through the dark of night and bitter cold, Kyle McPherson and Todd Nelson embarked on a journey with a purpose just before midnight Saturday.  The two men set out to walk all the way from Allen to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

    "Its about 46 miles," said McPherson. Their goal is to raise money and put a spotlight on The Boot Campaign, a charity whose purpose is to support injured veterans and their families.  The cause is very near and dear to McPherson and Nelson.

    "I joined in 1988, was a grunt, then an infantryman for a few years then I was hurt," said Nelson. Nelson is a veteran himself.  He was a Marine for 8 and 1/2 years; making the walk personal. "Because I still have a lot of friends there now in service and it means a lot to me."

    Walking to Help "The Boot Campaign"

    [DFW] Walking to Help "The Boot Campaign"
    Two North Texas walk close to 50 miles to help raise money for injured veterans.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 13, 2010)

    Its one of the reasons McPherson decided he and Nelson should make the long trip. "We thought if we were going to do something," said McPherson.  "Let's do something for the people that are giving us the opportunity to walk and do crazy stuff like this."

    16 hours into the journey is when they finally caught a glimpse of Cowboys Stadium. "It was a celebration at its finest," said McPherson.

    While they were exhausted and sore from the trek, they know their journey is nothing compared to the rough road traveled by so many injured U.S. Veterans. "I'm proud of them.  Everyday, I think about them," said Nelson.

    The last few steps to Cowboys stadium were the sweetest.  For Nelson and McPherson, walking 46 miles in someone else's shoes never felt so good.

    One of their sponsors for their "Walk For Freedom and Victory" gave them two tickets to Sunday night's Cowboys game against the Eagles.  Nelson and McPherson were able to raise more than $4000 for The Boot Campaign.