A Brother’s journey, Inspired by his Sister
On Saturday, June 18, 2016, Dahrnaz Tigner set out on a 1300-mile journey to the nation’s capital to bring awareness to childhood obesity. Inspired by his sister Jade, who struggles with obesity and the First Lady of the United States’ Let’s Move initiative, Dahrnaz made it his personal mission to bring awareness and support to one of the leading causes of many illnesses in the country.
His walking journey is a remarkable story – he has met homeless people, walked 15 miles through a barren area of Florida without water, and visited children who are struggling with obesity at Florida Children’s Hospital. You can follow him at www.facebook.com/Dahrnaz where he is documenting his journey in pictures and stories.
Dahrnaz and his brother, Minnesota Vikings Defensive Back, Jabari Price started the walk with family and friends, but shortly after reaching Martin County in Florida, Jabari had to turn back due to a family emergency, and Dahrnaz then walked solo for 700 miles through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina before being joined by his younger brother, Aris Knight, a student at Florida Gulf Coast College and a National Guard Reservist, on Wednesday, July 20, in Raleigh/Durham North Carolina, to complete the final 311 miles to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
This has been a journey of discovery and awakening for Dahrnaz, who walks with a 55lb backpack, equipped with his tripod for photos, two phones, a mini iPad and clothing for the trip.
Donations are accepted at: www.thewalkofhearts.org where there is a GoFundMe link to make donations to the cause.
Image courtesy of thewalkofhearts.org.