The Story So Far…

I’m running from New York to Los Angeles, clear across the great U. S. of A., to raise $100,000,000 for homeless youth. And oh yeah, I’m doing it barefoot.

Sounds crazy, right? I get that a lot. But I live by a guiding principle: If you don’t set yourself extremely ambitious goals, nothing great will ever be accomplished.

I left from the southern tip of Manhattan on 9/9/09 at 9 a.m. I originally had a lofty goal of reaching the Santa Monica Pier in 99 days, but unfriendly road surfaces and a heel injury threw a monkey wrench into the plans. At this point, all I can say is I’ll get there when I get there. But have no doubt, I will get there.

As I’m moving across the country, I have two jobs. First, I’m raising money for homeless youth shelters and programs across America. When I visited The Hub in Pittsburgh, I learned that they did not receive their federal grant this year, forcing it to scale back operations and lay off staff. It’s places like The Hub that I’m trying to help with fund raising (when donating, please bear in mind that 100% of all funds go directly to Tellman.org and helping homeless youth). Better facilities mean a better life for kids trying to get ahead in life.

Second, my crew and I are working hard to raise awareness about this serious problem. Many of us assume that homeless teens are on the street on their own volition, or because of some bad decision making. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Every shelter I’ve visited, every kid I’ve spoken with, they all have one thing in common: it’s not their fault. They simply don’t have a support structure at home and have no other choice. They don’t choose to be homeless. I consider it my mission to educate the public on the truths behind youth homelessness.

Have a look around the website. Leave a comment on the blog, maybe share a story. Contact me if you’ve got something to say, and check back often. Please donate what you can – even 5 bucks will help me reach my goal.

Thanks for your support. And remember, think big.

-Tellman

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