Noah Barnes, an 11 year old who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 16 months old, is on a mission, a mission to walk across the United States to raise awareness of a disease so many are affected by.

Noah and his father, Robert, started walking on January 1st in Key West and after 128 days they walked through Princeton this afternoon and WPKY interviewed Noah and Robert for a few moments about their foundation and goals for the march.

Noah said that he was inspired by a documentary on Terry Fox, a Canadian athlete and cancer research activist, who in 1980, with one leg amputated, embarked on a cross Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. In 2016 Noah and his family started the Noah’s March Foundation with the mission of bringing awareness of Type 1 diabetes and research through the eyes of a child.

Noah and his family will now spend 2017 marching across America, after starting in Key West they plan on ending in Blaine, Washington. Noah’s mother, Joann, and his siblings travel ahead to make arrangements for places to stay and keep up their social media presence by doing daily and weekly blogs; and, those expenses add up. Robert said that he thought cashing out his 401k would get them until they started gathering sponsors but as of right now, they don’t have many. So because of this, they’ve decided to sale their house in West Palm Beach, Florida, so they can finish out the march. They are in desperate need of funds and donations through their website, noahsmarchfoundation.org.

Listen below to our short interview, conducted on scene by Ty Englebright.

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