Marine recruits walk across U.S.
May 23, 2013 11:00 AM
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Two young Marine recruits who are walking from the East to the West Coast are walking through Indiana County today, raising money for the Livestrong Foundation while they wait for their ship date.

Michael Ross, 18, and George Crawford, 19, both of Manchester, Conn., left Connecticut 33 days ago headed for Huntington Beach, Calif. — about 4,000 miles. They hope to arrive by December.

“We decided, ‘Let’s not sit around and wait (until boot camp). Let’s do something, get in shape and help others,’” Ross said by phone Tuesday as they walked on Purchase Line Road outside Commodore.

Ross said they walk during the day, then knock on doors at night, asking permission to pitch a tent in homeowners’ yards.

They are chronicling their trek online, where they also have links to the Livestrong Foundation so people can donate. So far they’ve raised more than $600, Ross said.

Ross said they chose the Livestrong Foundation because, of the organizations they looked at, it spends the least amount of the funds on administration costs.

“They have a lot of great programs,” he said.

And cancer has affected both of their lives. Crawford’s grandmother survived the disease when she was 85, and he moved to California to help her battle. Ross’ stepmother died two years ago from cancer.

“That’s why it’s pretty important for us, everyone’s affected by it. It’s a good cause,” he said.

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PHOTO: George Crawford, left, and Michael Ross, both of Manchester, Conn., walked along Purchase Line Road Wednesday as they neared Dixonville. They are walking across the country.

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