Tom Hanks

by admin on August 19, 2009

I owe Tom Hanks a hardy handshake. why? because this whole project is named after his Forrest Gump character. you remember Jenny yelling, “run Forrest, run!” when he’s being chased by bullies. yeah, well, it’s no secret that my beard and long hair resembles later-life Forrest after several months on the road as he ran back and forth across the country.

I REALLY would like Tom Hanks to join me on the first day of the run when I leave from New York City on Sept. 9. but i need everyone’s help. i don’t know Mr. Hanks. maybe you do? or maybe you have some suggestions on how we can get him to join the run? it would really help me get exposure for the run and increase donations, i’m certain of that.

watch the video below, and if anyone has any information, or if you’re seeing this yourself, Tom, please please please contact Luke at

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 James Ross September 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

HA Tillman, I wish you all the best of conditions all the way with the weather,road condicons, any thing that might get in your way. Have a great run from start to finish. Thank you for letting all the world be a part of your goal. Am unable to give at present time but befor you finish your run will donate what i can. RUN Tillmen RUN and may God bless you

2 Louis Snow September 2, 2009 at 9:51 am

I went to Johnson State College with you and wondered when i heard your name if you’re were still making salsa? i swear you made the best garlic salsa in the world! you always seemed incredibly motivated and driven so to hear about your latest venture I’m not really that surprised! but in this day and age to say you are an inspiration is quite an understatement this is the kind of idea that truly has the potential to change the world! i have often wondered what i could do to make a difference and upon hearing your story it really reminded me that anything is possible. my wife and i (Heidi Morgan also JSC alum) will be following you every step of the way and i am extremely proud to tell people that i used to go to school with you! best of luck and remember “don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in there shoes then your a mile away and you have there shoes” (or feet in your case)

3 Dustin Clark September 2, 2009 at 4:39 am

Good Luck Tellman!! What a great cause, hope you achieve your goal and more. MVRHS 94

4 barb August 31, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Good luck Tellman…..Im way up here in saskatchewan canada…deffinately proud of you and what your doing…..good luck..hope your feet make it all the way….ha ha….barb

5 Leanne August 26, 2009 at 12:38 am

Yes Tellman. I have a homelessness story to tell. Me and my kids became homeless some years back, due to a greedy landlord who refused my last month’s payment, because he wanted to sell his condo quicker. The courts granted the request and we had 3 days to be out with no where to go. My kids are grown now, but it was a very scary chapter in our lives. Today, we now feed the hungry and the homeless. In fact, this season we have donated literally one ton of fresh, organic vegetables to community agencies who disperse food to folks in need, including children.
Keep up the good work, Tellman. You rock, dude!!!!

6 Marc Aussie-Stone August 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Run Tellman Run. A great effort and an inspiring mission. A safe and successful journey and long and healthy life to you Tellmann. Let us hope that with all the brilliance of your business success at Listbuilder you may also be as wise and prudent in how you share whatever will be your outcomes from this great run. To that end may I contribute one small concept. If you just give those outcomes away, rather than ensuring it goes creates new, ongoing, sustainable, rural based, homeless shelter providing, and life engagement, activity and socialising communities, it will still be a great thing, but not as great as it might be. There is also much wisdom in what Chief Seattle said. If you give a man a fish you will feed him for a day> if you teach him to fish you will feed him for a lifetime. That said I will now shout my mouth and just wish you god speed , good running, a long life, and great experiences through your run. Sincerely, Marc.

7 Kathryn August 25, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Homeless, what a sad word. Is it just a state of mind? for some maybe, for others a reality. My son who’s now 37 has been homeless for the majority of his adult life. Can you help someone who can’t or wont help themselves? Misfortune breeds homelessness yes but what were the steps that got them there? It breaks my heart to see the children with no choices of their own living without what we take without question. Thanks for helping all of them Tellman, you are inspiring,,,and run man run……God bless your journey……..

8 Trace August 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Hi Tellman,

My husband’s uncle lives in L.A. and has connections. I just shot him an email with your story.


9 Margaret Hampton August 22, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Wouldn’t you like to meet the real person whose historic friendship runs led to the creation of the Forrest Gump character? Stan ran across the USA with back-to-back marathons, finished each day with motivational speaking… was the first white man in deepest regions of China as he ran 3000 miles along the Great Wall of China (1000 with severe sprain)… has been invited into countries for political reasons when tensions were otherwise too high for leaders to meet… and so much more. He’s my friend and lives in the USA (Atlanta area). I can connect you if you contact me… :)

10 admin August 21, 2009 at 11:44 am

i’ve got a GPS tracking device that we’ve been testing. i wore it on my armband today while on the run and it seems to be working – our webguy, Mark, is developing a way to get it displaying on this way, you’ll be able to track my whereabouts at any given moment. pretty cool stuff. thanks for the tip!

11 Edward Rubi August 21, 2009 at 8:07 am

Hey Tellman,
Best of luck in your run. Have you ever read ultra marathon man, by Dean Karnazes? Great inspirational book. If you haven’t you should check it out.

All the best,


12 KeithDShrock August 21, 2009 at 6:03 am

Map shows where your Email Originated from !

This would be VERY cool ! If you dont mind using a Gmail experimental app. Mashable just told us about a map that shows your location that you sent your Email from. Extra FUN literally tracking your progress; then we can tell the STARS where to find YOU ! By the way I am an IRS agent……………………………………………………………………..NOT ! Keep having fun.

13 Frederick Mesmer iii August 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Geeze Tellman, didn’t you get the message from Forest? He turned around and said, I want to go home now, all those people who followed him for nothing, because thats what they were, followers. Your going to have real tired feet. Did Shawn advise you against this? I think he did, but your not a follower today, you go tellman

14 watzzupsport August 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Tom Hanks would have to be my favorite actor and Forrest Gump one of my all time best movies. Keep up with the big Ideas and your attitude to achieving big things, I will be following along and supporting your cause

BareFoot RawFood Athlete

15 Iain Buchanan August 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Hey Tellman!

I think this is fatastic what you’re doing. I don’t know whether it’ll do any good, but I’ve Tweeted Jonathan Ross ( @Wossy ) – in case you don’t know, he’s a UK chat show host, radio presenter and film critic extroadanairre for the BBC in the UK. He regularly has Tom Hanks on his chat show, and so thought, “heck, if I can help” and Tweeted him to see.

Obviously he may not reply – but nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that. If he does read and do anything about it – obviously he may not make contact himself but one of his staff may… And then the “7 degrees of seperation” would be proven right again – you > me > Jonathan Ross > his staff member > Tom Hanks staff member > Tom Hanks > You… Even though I don’t actually know Jonathan Ross… Spooky!

As I say, nothing may come – but at least i tried! And anyone else on Twitter do the same – the more of us that do, the more attentioin that will be bought to Mr. Ross about Tellman’s cause and challenge!

And good luck on the Run dude!! Will be following from the UK, and off to make a donation now!


16 David Stewart August 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Tellman I hope you send a street sweeper in front of you. I would hate for you to step on a piece of glass etc. I will pledge to the charity 2% of the proceeds from my Cartella Bella Founders Circle membership initiation fee. I just request that you show the information on our club to Richard Branson so he can see if he would like to be a part of Cartella Bella. Details are online at . I know someone will get you hooked up with Tom Hanks. PS – the 2% will result in a $960k donation.

17 J Damon Brown August 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Dude, how can you pay homage to Forest Gump and not even run through Alabama??? I know Bama scares you right? Well our highways would probably shred your feet anyways.

Keep up the good work bro, and I’ll inform my 6 degrees to get to work on contacting Tom Hanks.

18 Rex August 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Hanks was recently on the Colbert Report. Maybe they could pass a message to him

19 Kat August 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Just so you know, it’s called “Six Degrees of Separation.” See the wiki about it. Also, the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” was invented as a play on the concept, but the concept has been around a long time.

Tom Hanks. If you go to his imdb dot com page you can sign up for imdbPro for free for 14 days and see his agent, publicist and company information. Sure to be a phone number in there to his publicist or his company.

Best of luck, Tellman!

20 Pauline August 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Hi Tellman,
Hope you find Tom and he agrees. Your theme song gets played daily here to remind me of what you are doing but also to remind myself that achieving goals takes work and effort. You are an inspiration. Keep on running!!

21 Healthy Nutrition August 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Wow – you really come up with some really great ideas. I just know someone’s gonna know someone who knows someone who knows Tom Hanks.

I’m pulling for you – I can see you and Tom now, I don’t know about him running with you, but it would be really cool if he came down and cheered you on.

Or even if he sent in a video – that would be really cool.

22 Tracy Monteforte August 20, 2009 at 2:41 pm

I saw Tom Hanks last night!

He was in the new movie “The Great Buck Howard”

Sorry..that’s as close as I get for now!

Good luck with the run Tellman. Coll video w/Branson. He’s on my list of people to meet.

Peace Out!

“Power Gal”
PS I got my name on your Death Match – remember?

23 Patricia Reszetylo August 20, 2009 at 2:41 pm


BTW, its’ HEARTY, not HARDY. As in “with heart.”

You’re crazy, man – keep it up!!

24 Mark Ewing August 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Hey Tellman,

It is actually Six Degrees of Separation. Kevin Bacon has a great organization called

I know how to get ahold of Tom Hanks.


Mark Ewing

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