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Man walks from Canada to Mexico to raise money for injured Marines

The moment a member of a local chapter of The Old Guard Riders present hiker Tim Tuomey a check for $1,000 for his project to help wounded marines and their families. (KTVL/Alexander Mesadieu)

A former marine walking from Canada to Mexico in order to raise money for wounded marines, stopped in Mt. Ashland today.

The hiker, Tim Tuomey, calls his project Operation Awakening 2, he hopes to raise $100,000 dollars through his walk. 100 percent of proceeds will go to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at Camp Pendleton California.

He has already raised around $40,000.

Throughout his journey he has received help from the Marine Corps League through the hike, feeding him throughout the way.

The Old Guard Riders, a local chapter met him at Callahan's Lodge in Mt. Ashland today and presented him with $1,000 for his project.

"There's something about being a marine that we as brothers; we take care of our own. I think that's what we're seeing here. One marine's effort to try to raise awareness and funding for those coming home has garnered this massive support and output for other marines and sailors coming out to greet me. The support has been absolutely phenomenal," Tuomey said.

At the end of his journey, he hopes to personally hand deliver all the money he raises.

"It's a few more dollars in their pockets, it's the ability to pay bills, live comfortably, to make the transition to the combat environment to the peace time world. If I can just make a tiny piece of it, it's the greatest thing I can give myself next to completing the hike," said Tuomey.

"In this world there's so much talk, and there's not enough walk. In my opinion PCT represents the ultimate walk. Not a word is spoke all day long, but it's the miles that own you, it's the trail terrain that own you. The ability to push through miles and miles everyday for five months straight is one of the greatest rewards I'll ever give to myself, but it doesn't compare to what I'm providing the wounded and their families." Tuomey said.

To find out more about the project go to www.opawakening2.org



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