Stacie Eichinger with her cross-country cart
Stacie Eichinger with her cross-country cart

Stacie Eichinger is usually seen in Academy Village carefully tending residents’ yards along with Steve Burros of Cienega Landscaping. But for several months between May 2013 and February 2014, she was missing. Where was she? She was walking across America!

Stacie will be sharing the story of her amazing cross-country walk – through anecdotes and photographs – at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 24) in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy.

Stacie walked 3,575 miles from Washington to Georgia, alone 99 percent of the time, pushing a specially made and outfitted cart carrying her supplies. Crossing three mountain ranges, she wore out eight pair of shoes. On the 24th, she will tell of the many adventures and physical challenges of her 10-month walk.

Why would she do such a thing? Stacie was inspired by “A Walk Across America” by Peter Jenkins, and she chose to dedicate her trek to Beads of Courage, directed by Jean Baruch, RN, BSN (met through Civano Nursery, her other employer).

Beads of Courage provides artist-created tokens to children with serious life-threatening illnesses that help them mark the many and overwhelming difficulties they face in their fight for health. On her walk, Stacie visited children’s wards in hospitals across the nation

“I walked for all those kids who think that they are on their own, and to show them that there are people out there who care, and are inspired by what they go through on a day-to-day basis.” Her efforts have raised $25,000.

Written by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer

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