WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Teri Swezey is on a mission. She plans to walk 3,039 miles across the country to raise money and awareness for seniors, their caregivers and the special needs they require.
"It's very challenging to do caregiving," said Swezey. "With everything that's happening with the social and economic situation in the United States right now, it's tough on seniors. So, I'm taking this walk on their behalf and on behalf of the caregivers."
Swezey knows personally how hard caring for the elderly can be. She took care of her mother Mary who suffered with late stage dementia until she passed away. She says the challenges she faced while caring for her mom inspired her to walk to help others. Swezey says her mom knew about the walk, the mission, and the miles she planned to take on.
"My mom knew about this walk," said Swezey. "We talked about it a lot of times. She thought it was kind of crazy. She'd say 'why do you want to make this walk?'"
Swezey says the thousands of miles between Wrightsville Beach and Cambria, CA pale in comparison to the information and donations she hopes to raise on her journey. She says she plans to think of her mom every step of the way.
"We're going home and starting here at the Atlantic Ocean and ending up at the Pacific," said Swezey.
Swezey left from Wrightsville Beach Sunday. She says it will probably take until mid-October to complete the trip. If you'd like to track Swezey's progress or donate to the cause, visit the SOAR Feat website. www.walkusa4soar.org