Son's death inspires father's national walk
by Courtney Stevens
May 30, 2013 | 3174 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Steve Fugate
Steve Fugate
With nothing other than the essentials for survival and a large sign reading "Love Life," Steve Fugate is passing through the Mississippi Delta on his way to walk through each state in one continuous trip.

In 1999 Fugate lost his only son to suicide while he was away hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Eight months later, after returning to the spot where he had stopped his hike upon hearing of the death of his son, Fugate finished the 2,167 miles of the Appalachian Trail hike.

At this point he was inspired to go on a unique hike of his own.

With a decision to tell his story and spread encouraging words of love, Fugate began walking all over the country.

"I didn't want parents to go through the horror I’d gone through and I don’t want young people missing out on loving life," says Fugate.

At 67-years-old, Fugate has walked over 30,000 miles and has recently walked almost 1,000 miles to the Mississippi Delta.

He began this walk on March 23 from his home in Vero Beach, Fla.

Fugate has been through over 50 pairs of shoes, and only stops his walk to tell his story or rest in one of the tents he carries in his hiking gear.

Fugate has been on several different broadcasts. One of those includes the radio cast “Hearing Voices” from NPR where he told his story and had over 10 people call in and say they were in the act of taking their own life when they heard him speak about love and reconsidered.

"There's no greater feeling than that," said Fugate.

Fugate mentioned that his favorite states to walk through are the southern states, Utah,and Maine.

He has also spoken to the U.S. Army troops in Anchorage, Alaska.

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