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Joe Kupiszewski said:   May 8, 2017 8:24 pm PST
Hey Chad, It was great meeting you guys tonight! I'm glad you enjoyed the pedicab ride. I look forward to seeing you again when you come back to Pittsburgh. God Speed!

Michelle said:   May 7, 2017 10:16 am PST
Hey Chad, we just spoke on the phone! Really amazing that you've done,this for Mental Health Awareness

Frank Capo said:   March 18, 2017 9:58 am PST
Chad, we met again at the Hockey game last night. It was great seeing you and Heather again. Listening to your story about your run was amazing. Keep up all of your hard work and dedication toward this cause. Talk to you soon.

Paul and Mary said:   November 12, 2016 4:18 pm PST
Good to meet you tonight Chad at the restaurant and hear about your travels. Also enjoyed checking out your site.

JIMMIE GREENE said:   September 9, 2015 9:11 pm PST
HI Chad , it was nice to meet you today , what an amazing challenge you took on and completed , good luck on your next challenge

bethany said:   September 25, 2014 4:39 am PST
You're rad! I've just begun research for my journey. mental health is my personal reason for wanting to go and attaching a cause for awareness ...well perfect!

Jazmine Grant said:   September 10, 2014 11:22 am PST
this is amazing!

Emily Griffin said:   August 21, 2014 9:39 am PST
Thanks for bringing awareness to this. Great Job!

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Colton Lee said:   August 8th, 2013 10:01 am

Congratulations!! Wow!!

Marilyn and Tom Lee said:   August 3rd, 2013 9:16 am

What an incredible job you did, Chad, and what a wonderful 'co-pilot' you had in Charlie. I'm sure Maddie was a big plus, as well, and had the time of her life! Can't remember if I've typed on the Guest Book since you finished, but, nonetheless, ... the biggest CONGRATS ever! You DID it!!! What a phenomenal feat. You will never ever ever forget your awesome experience and fantastic memories of your 4 months of your cross-country journey and the amazing time spent with your dad. We wish you everything wonderful as you begin your next journey. You have proven that you can accomplish anything to which you set your mind. Enjoy basking in the glory of your gigantic accomplishment for a while. We are most proud of you and love you.

Arturo Leyva said:   August 3rd, 2013 12:59 am

Hey Chad, I was real fortunate on having the chance to meet you. You probably don't remember me, but I was the employee at the Holiday Inn Express in Calexico CA. Anyways, I just want to congradulate you on your huge accomplishment. You father is a real proud man, I can tell since we stayed up until 4-5 am speaking about your journey. Just thought I drop in to show support, and we were glad to welcome you. Take care, and best wishes. -Arturo

Tim Colisino said:   August 1st, 2013 11:17 am

Hi Chad, So thankful to the Lord that what you set out to do He helped you to accomplish! I too am in training to run across america next April..My journey will begin in Lewes, Delaware and finish in Lincoln City, Oregon. I am doing this to raise awareness for Diabetes and to fulfill my lifelong dream. God Bless you in your future endeavors. wife is from Seffner, Florida:)

Evelyn Jackson said:   July 31st, 2013 4:04 pm

Hi Chad, Congratulations on completing your mission. How long did it take you to train for this run and how many pounds did you loose? I have enjoyed reading you blog and will be missing them. Your Mom and Dad are pretty incredible people whom I have known since High School. What a special bonding you and your Dad have.

Bunie and Evelyn said:   July 30th, 2013 11:33 pm

Chad, Charlie &. Maddie! Congratulations doesn't quite say it.....what an accomplishment! You all have been in our thoughts and prayers from the very beginning of your "INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!" God bless you all on your trip back home. (Hppe Bunie's map helps with Charlie's "bucket list.").

Andrea Jones said:   July 30th, 2013 9:55 pm

Chad you and your Dad should be so proud of this accomplishment. It took a lot of will and strength. Congrats!!

Cindy More said:   July 30th, 2013 7:31 pm

Chad, you and your dad are AWESOME, but then I already knew that! Seriously, congrats to both of you, and to your mom for keeping the home fires burning. I really think you have an awesome second accomplishment... your mother riding cross country in a mostly broken down RV... only a mother's love... Much love to your future.

Maggie Lowther said:   July 30th, 2013 6:52 am

So happy you are finally in California and almost finished. I have been keeping you and all of your family in my prayers for a safe journey that is now almost complete!!!

Terra Moreno said:   July 29th, 2013 6:18 pm

It was nice meeting you today at Marechiaro's. Thank you for sharing your story with me. I couldn't Wait to come home and share your amazing journey with my family. I hope the directions Cory and I gave you helped. Good luck and I hope you enjoy our beautiful city!!

Abel said:   July 29th, 2013 3:18 am

If I had any idea you were in the blistering desert of California I would have stopped you to cool off with some water. But its good to know your in Beautiful San Diego! enjoy and congrats on reaching your goal! As a Psychology Major I can say that Mental Health is a serious issue and what your doing is a great cause!

steve renee beam said:   July 28th, 2013 11:17 am

remembering junction Texas thanks again to Charlie steve & renee

Ed and Julie Tomes said:   July 26th, 2013 5:15 pm

Chad, congratulations on reaching California. You have fulfilled your dream of promoting mental health to numerous personal and Internet friends. We are so proud of you and Charlie. I drove your mom to Pittsburgh to catch her flight to San Diego so she will be there to see you complete this momumental cross-country run. Congratulations!!!!!!!!

sally harbin said:   July 26th, 2013 2:33 pm

Chad!!! YOU ARE IN CALIFORNIA!! I can't believe you are so close. Have a great party and celebration when you get to San Diego. It is one beautiful place. Wish we could be there at the end. Love, Aunt Sally

Raquel Garcia- Herrera said:   July 24th, 2013 11:35 pm

Chad, your banner caught my eye when you were parked outside my Police Station in Wellton AZ giving Maddie water. It was very nice to have met you on your wonderful journey and I wish you the best! You are an inspiration to me as I will be running my 5K in November. Thank you for what you are doing for the cause as you have made alot of people very proud!! Be safe on te rest of your journey. From all of us at the Wellton Police Department!!

Ian said:   July 20th, 2013 1:26 am

I just want to say how much of an inspiration you are to all of us who suffer from mental illness. I live in Willcox Arizona and just read your story in our local newspaper. I suffer from anxiety and depression, and wish that I would have gotten to me you. It's people like you that make people like me want to live a more meaningful life. Good luck on your travels and may the journey end safely.

Evelyn said:   July 18th, 2013 3:33 pm

Be careful, Chad, Charlie & Madison!!!! You have MORE than achieved your goal already; so, get out of that dangerous area TOGETHER in your RV. Looking out for your lives is NOT cheating in any way. Don't take any unnecessary chances!

Rob Brady said:   July 16th, 2013 1:36 pm

Bro... You have no idea how proud I am of you, NO IDEA!!! You are inspiring a nation and you don't even know it yet :) Btw, Thanks for the late night talk last night, good laughs! Always enjoy our convos. I can't wait to see you soon and spend some time with you in FLA. Thanks for being a great friend and all around cool MOFO. Love ya Sigs! Stay strong and use that sunblock DAMN IT!!! You da man!!! Love, peace and hair grease.

Bunie and Evelyn said:   July 12th, 2013 9:46 pm

Hi, again, Chad! I'm taking a friend with me tomorrow to the Benefit in Adamston. Your mom has been baking cookies, etc. for the bake sale. (I hope her banana bread is still available for purchase when I get there!)

Ainslee Wittig said:   July 12th, 2013 5:00 pm

Wonderful meeting you both, and of course, Madison! I will send an article your way when I am done! I will find you all this afternoon, as I found an earpiece foam ...

Teresa said:   July 12th, 2013 12:56 pm

Chad, I met your father. He came in the Willcox Chamber & Visitor Center to get a map. He is very proud of you. Keep on going, you are doing great.

Sally Harbin said:   July 11th, 2013 10:56 am

I can't believe you are already in Arizona. It will be easier from this point because you see the end!! We worry about the heat for you. Be careful crossing the desert in California. n We love you both. Be careful and end safely. Let us know if you need anything else. Love, Aunt Sally

Robert Mckay said:   July 10th, 2013 10:25 pm

Heya, I finally got around to checking out your site. I'm that guy you gave a ride to on the interstate, and met again in Toyah I think. Send an email back; I look forward to chatting with ya :o).

jay hughey said:   July 8th, 2013 2:19 pm

Just met your dad & his lovely dog and he told me about your cause.I think its fantastic what you are doing.Best of luck on your venture.

Denisse said:   July 6th, 2013 12:48 pm

Hi! We took a pic on I-10 in New Mexico. Good Luck!

Evelyn & Bunie said:   June 30th, 2013 6:40 pm

Hi, Chad (and Charlie, too)! Wow, did Ryan ever pull off a major surprise!!! I can only imagine the looks on your faces! Entering "Mountain Time" was, as you said, quite a thrill. You've run in 3 time.zones now......can't wait to see your reaction when you see that "Pacific Time" sign!! All of you and Maddy, too, be safe and have a great time!

Marilyn and Tom Lee said:   June 29th, 2013 9:25 pm

Hi Chad, Enjoy reading each and every one of your blog entries. You have had some unbelievable experiences. We're happy for you that you are beginning to get close to the end of Texas! That is an unbelievable accomplishment - as is your whole journey. You tell your dad that he better get that exhaust leak fixed somehow, as Tommy said that could do him/you in! That's scary that he is falling asleep! Do try to stay safe, and, again, CONGRATS on your absolutely phenomenal accomplishment. It is so interesting to hear about all of the interesting people you have met along the way. You all really need to do a book! Do hope the red ants are gone and that you don't have any more major probs! TAKE CARE and continued 'Bonne Chance'. Love, Marilyn & Tom

Uncle Ned said:   June 29th, 2013 8:26 pm

Unbelieveable heat wave out there where you are. Be careful. Get in AC, and soak up a few! :-)

Joe & Debbie McLerran said:   June 28th, 2013 11:40 am

Enjoyed lunch with you and your Dad in Balmorea at Uncle's (food was SLOW). Best of luck in your adventure!

Craig Lents said:   June 22nd, 2013 8:27 pm

Hi Chad, I hope you and your Dad are doing well. You have gone a long way since I met you and your Dad here in Florida on US-90 west of Live Oak, Florida in April. Looks like you are meeting a lot of good people on your journey. Stay safe.

Jodi Wilt (Blair) said:   June 21st, 2013 7:42 pm

Run Chad Run! Sending you love and strength from your hometown! We are so proud of you!

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Silvia Hernandez said:   June 18th, 2013 5:41 am

Hey Chad! !! Just wanted to wish you the best! ! You're awesome and doing a really great thing! !! Hope to see you and Mr. Charles again! !!

Uncle Ned said:   June 16th, 2013 12:27 am

Chad, you are doing a great job describing every last detail of your journey. You have a true gift. Thee is a bit of geography looming ahead of you called the Mojave Desert. How do you plan to deal with this? Brother Charlie, you're quite a guy! Thank you for doing this for Chad. We are praying that you will continue to be safe.

Dorothy peterman said:   June 13th, 2013 5:14 pm

Hi Chad , I live in Oregon and just wanted to say thanks to you and your dad for stopping in Texas to help my sister Renee and her boyfriend Steve who had ran of gas. Also I think it's great what you are doing for people with mental awareness, May God bless you and your dad and give you grace and safety on your run. Renee and Steve were very thankful for you guys for stopping. Keep up the good work. Yours truly Dorothy

John Scott said:   June 10th, 2013 10:17 pm

Chad, I wish you all the best in spreading your message. Know that you have the prayers of the Scott family with you every step of the way. As a person with mental illness I truly appreciate the effort you are making to enlighten and educate people. This quest you have undertaken is a credit to yourself and your family. Having known you, your brothers and parents, all of my life, makes me proud of the path (no pun intended) you have chosen to serve others. I am proud to be able to show my children what one person can do when their character and desire are united for a great cause. God Bless, John Scott

Ramon and Bernice Riojas said:   June 6th, 2013 3:04 pm

hey Chad When you make it to Brownfield TX you should give us a call ..We would be more than happy to cook supper for you and your father...Also let me know and I can contact our local news media and help you promote your awareness...Let me know something through my email...thanks so much...Keep up the great work...

Renea Bratton said:   June 5th, 2013 12:44 pm

I just got off the phone with your mom and she told me you were doing this!! I did your mom's hair when I lived in WV, then FL, and now Las Vegas NV. I think your are an amazing person and such and inspiration!!! Good luck on your journey and many prayers for you!!! Run Chad Run!! Renea

Skip said:   June 4th, 2013 10:24 pm

Y'all were at front gate of my ranch this evening, didnt mean to scare ya off, I read about what you were doing and just wanted to come tell you how awesome I thought it was. Good luck on the rest of your journey! And god bless

Irene Riojas said:   June 2nd, 2013 12:04 am

Hey Chad! Best wishes on your journey from the crew at the Crown Plaza in Austin, Texas. Zach would like to thank you and wish you well! Stop by Brownfield and say Hi! Best wishes, Irene,Genaro,Zach,Bernice,Ramon,Luis,Albert,Marty,Barbara

Kathy Fischer said:   June 1st, 2013 12:26 pm

So glad you stopped in and we were able to accommodate. You are a blessing to so many and an inspiration to so many.

Marilyn & Tom Lee said:   May 28th, 2013 7:25 pm

You continue to amaze us! Congrats on your 1000 plus. Truly incredible. Stay safe in that Texas heat!!! Sending lots of love your way, accompanied by lots of prayers. :-)

N holstein said:   May 26th, 2013 9:28 am

May God bless you on your venture. Was glad you stayed at the park.

Janice Browne said:   May 25th, 2013 8:16 am

Hi Chad and Charlie: A few tips about running in the TX heat. Run in the cool hours of the day, ice on the back of the neck will bring down your body temperature quickly, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, (alternating H2O and electrolite drink). You are an inspiration.

Linda said:   May 24th, 2013 5:15 pm

I sen you at Mc Donalds with your farther run chad run

Randy Adams (Vidor,TX) said:   May 24th, 2013 4:29 pm

Keep up the good work! Tell Charlie & Madison I said "Hi". Don't overdo it in this heat and watch out for all the traffic around Houston. (Don't let Madison drive in all that traffic (lol)). We are following your progress and look forward to reading your updates. Again, don't overdo it in the heat and watch out for those milkshakes when you're hot. God Bless you on your journey.

Janice Browne said:   May 24th, 2013 3:02 pm

Hi Chad, Keep running.....your dad stopped in for a visit with me. I appreciate what you are doing!!!!!

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Nancy Keaton said:   May 23rd, 2013 11:56 am

please keep up the good work, we are all behind you and support you even though you get discuraged, pleas don't quit, we need this in America. Blessed Be

rebecca meyers said:   May 22nd, 2013 11:55 am

Chad, I truly believe your are a blessing to so many. I pray Gods blessings for you not just on your run but your entire lifes journey! There will always be "hate" due to a lack of knowledge and i think you are bringing much needed awareness to a very taboo subject. Your an honorable and admirable young man, thank you for taking a stand for people who sometimes feel nobody understands them or that they are alone!

Phil and Renee said:   May 22nd, 2013 11:54 am

Good luxk to you

Patricia Espinoza said:   May 22nd, 2013 11:18 am

May God travel with you and keep you safe!! Texas is the longer state to get out off. Good Luck and God Bless!!

Sally Harbin said:   May 21st, 2013 8:57 pm

Hi Chad, Charlie, and Madison: I am really enjoying your blog and can hardly wait to read the next one. This would truly be a great book someday. I have gotten some of my academic team members to read it and their families are enjoying it also. Keep up the good work and don't forget to rest!!!!!

Jesssie M. Davis said:   May 21st, 2013 5:21 pm

Hey Chad this is Jessie from the Ben Rogers Visitors Center in Beaumont, Texas. Enjoyed You and your Dad today. Be Safe. Jessie M. Davis

Randy Adams said:   May 21st, 2013 4:20 pm

Keep up the fight. You're doing great for a good cause. We are VERY proud of you! You are in our prayers. Wishing you smooth sailing all the way to San Diego! My wife & I will be following your progress. Good Luck & Best Wishes!!

Colton Lee said:   May 21st, 2013 1:22 pm

Chad, Not getting to read your blog daily is like not getting the morning paper-devastating. I can't wait for your book.

Sami said:   May 21st, 2013 9:06 am

Yo brother! I pop in everyday to read your blog while enjoying my morning coffee at work. Looking good out there! Your Finnish brother!

Sarah Sensat said:   May 19th, 2013 10:47 pm

Thank you for standing tall and bringing this much needed awareness. We need more brave people like you!!! Wishing you a safe journey!!! Thanks again!!!

Del Parris said:   May 18th, 2013 8:53 pm

Chad, I am Tyler's dad. I saw your Mom at a piano concert last night and she told me about your run. It sounds like a really great adventure and for a really great cause.

Jack & Charlene said:   May 16th, 2013 8:43 pm

Hi you two, We are enjoying your "blog". Chad, we are so glad your dad is with you to share in this experience. Again, we don't know who is having more, Charlie or Madison. But we are happy you are all together to support each other along the way. Love you guys. Uncle Jack & Aunt Char

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M.Looker said:   May 13th, 2013 11:24 am

Good luck out there and stay safe

Jim Harris said:   May 12th, 2013 10:16 pm

Chad and Charlie: I saw Susan and Ryan earlier today and they brought me up to date on your progress - half way across Louisiana already! That's great progress for a great cause. Chad, a suggestion or two from an old runner - Good shoes all the time and a day off each week to rest the body, legs and all. Also, listen to your body, it will tell you when you are pressing too hard. When it says rest, do it. Charlie, I will see that the Clarksburg Lions get periodic reports on your progress. Jim

Clifford King Harbin said:   May 12th, 2013 5:21 pm

Chad and Charlie, Please know that you are both in our daily prayers. We love reading about the run, the places you've seen and the people you've met. Enjoyed seeing Susan for Mitchell's Eagle Scout ceremony. We know you both were present in spirit. Keep the faith and enjoy the experience. Love, Cousin Clifford

Julie Tomes said:   May 10th, 2013 6:54 pm

Chad, I am so glad Brooks is donating new shoes and running apparel. Now you will have dry shoes to run in every day. I love reading your Blog each night about your new adventures and the generous people you and Charlie have been so lucky to meet.

Ned Harbin said:   May 9th, 2013 11:19 pm

Now trying to catch up with reading everything. What a journey! Hang tough! We want the three of you back no with no major physical ailments. The Navy wins this one. The AFT NEVER felt led in this direction

Cindy Moore said:   May 9th, 2013 9:57 pm

Chad I enjoy keeping up with your journey each evening. The icing on the cake, sontobspeak, is getting to have your dad with across our great country. I continue to be in awe of you and this endeavor. Take care.

Linda Pomeroy said:   May 9th, 2013 6:46 am

Had a wonderful dinner with your mom last night. We talked and talked and talked, but we are getting so old, we probably can't what about. She misses you bunches, but is so very proud of you. Keep running!

Rob Brady said:   May 8th, 2013 11:11 pm

CHARLES!!! We haven't talked for a few days. Give me a call tomorrow so we can catch up. I just noticed on your journey that you are running through Brady, Texas, NIIICE!!! I can't wait to see you in Austin buddy. Keep kicking ass my brother. Proud of ya!!! Love, Peace and Hair Grease..

anne mccrory said:   May 8th, 2013 4:55 pm

sitting here having a chance with your dad at the Buckhorn in lottie la I think it's a great thing that you're doing and I wish you and your dad very safe trip

Marianne and Missy in Baton Rouge said:   May 8th, 2013 2:23 pm

Thanks for taking our picture in front of the USS Kidd! Glad you made it across the bridge. We wish you the best of luck on your journey! Keep up the good work

Suzanne Wilson said:   May 8th, 2013 10:53 am

Hi Charlie & Chad, Saw Susan on Monday and got your info. It is a wonderful and inspiring thing you are doing. I am impressed with your efforts and sacrifices. That includes Susan as well. God speed!

Colton Lee said:   May 8th, 2013 8:09 am

Chad you are doing great! It is amazing you can run so many miles in a day but it is a long way to California. Slow down a little, remember the turtle wins the race slow and steady. In the big picture, it doesn't matter if you take an extra month or two.

Karen Staton said:   May 5th, 2013 7:11 pm

Hey Chad, I had the privilege of seeing your mom today and she is as beautiful as always. I wanted to let you know how very proud I am of you and that I think you are courageous for taking on this journey. You mentioned in your blog about it being a "coincidence" that you are meeting so many nice people who are affected by mental illness - well, I don't think it is a coincidence at all. I believe that you cross paths so you can be strengthened by them and so they can be encouraged by you. You are and will continue to make a difference for your cause. Treasure this journey and the time with your Dad. Please keep up the posts - I look for them every evening! Take care!

Susan Sigmon said:   May 5th, 2013 5:39 pm

Even though I talk to you or your Dad each night, I wanted to tell you how much your Run Across America for Mental Health Awareness is meaning to so many people. There is never a day that goes by that people don't stop and ask me how you are doing and how grateful they are that you are running for such an important cause. It is so humbling that so many friends and family are supporting you through this run by words of encouragement and financial donations. You are doing an amazing job! Keep running Forest!,

Sharon Ferrell said:   May 5th, 2013 8:48 am

I love reading about the people you meet and your amazing adventure. I think you are bringing a lot of hope and understanding to many people. I ran into you mom at the garden shop of Home Depot yesterday. She is so proud of you and you dad for taking on such an important cause. Good luck and keep the post coming. Hi to your dad.

Chubba said:   May 5th, 2013 12:02 am

dude nice chatting with you ...tbc to be continued my time is limited this evening

Gerrit aka "G" said:   May 4th, 2013 1:16 pm

Keep up the good work Chad! It was real cool for you to drop by. Best of wishes from myself an everyone at Kneal's barbershop.

brenda letourneau said:   May 3rd, 2013 9:24 pm

wish you the best on your journey...stay safe.. What an accomplishment this will be...God bless and keep on keepin' on....!

Martha Gustafson said:   May 1st, 2013 10:49 pm

A family member will be in Slidell tomorrow, May 2, how to connect with you and say hello? Can your Mom give me your cell phone #? martha

Clifford King Harbin said:   May 1st, 2013 10:49 pm

Chad, A new month, another mile or two. Derek, Clare and I have enjoyed following your journey. You, Uncle Charlie and Maddie have been in our daily prayers. Don't overdo and enjoy the scenery. We are all very proud of you and your commitment to mental health. Love, Cousin Clifford

Mary and Milton Benenate said:   May 1st, 2013 7:42 pm

It was so interesting to talk with you at Wendy yesterday in Bay St Louis, MS. We will be following your run across country knowing that you will complete it.

Tammy M Miller said:   May 1st, 2013 6:01 pm

I wish you luck on this incredible journey.

Ned Harbin said:   April 30th, 2013 10:50 am

Chad, this is an incredible undertaking! I am so proud of you.....yet a wee bit fearful. From talking with someone we know who has participated in "Iron Man" and Marathon runs, the big concern on runs this long would be "stress fractures". It is his feeling that you should limit distances to 15 miles per day. Give it some thought. The month of April was an incredibly busy month for us, I'll try to do a better job of keeping up with you from now on. Best wishes, and lots of love to you, your dad, and the pup~ :-)

Susan Dudley Ezell said:   April 28th, 2013 9:25 pm

What you are doing is selfless and brave. My Dad suffered from bipolar as does one of my sons. I hope your journey gets the national press's attention. Much to be admired, Chad

brad fittro said:   April 28th, 2013 9:16 pm

Hey, Chad! Glad you are doing this and I support you all the way! Hope things go well and I am proud of you! Looking forward to seeing your updates!

Rob Brady said:   April 27th, 2013 5:10 pm

Bro, I love chatting on the phone with you daily and inspiring one another in our daily life ventures. You are a great man and great friend. I wish I could meet you and run along side, if just for a day. You make me proud to have you as a friend. Thanks Charles Edward aka Siggie!!!

Lexi Sherlock said:   April 27th, 2013 1:09 pm

Hi chad I'm lexi , I met your dad today and I think what your doing is awesome keep up the good work your doing an amazing thing :)

Carolyn Green said:   April 25th, 2013 10:18 pm

Chad, I had been out of town this month and just got to read your blog. What you are doing is amazing. I am sure you are reaching a lot of people on your journey. Will be praying for a safe run. Think it is awesome that you and your dad are spending this time together. Making a lot of memories that you will never forget. God Bless You and your family. Thoughts and prayers from Clarksburg, WV.

Cousin Leisa said:   April 25th, 2013 4:04 pm

Hi Chad! I am so proud of you and am continuing to keep you and your Dad in my thoughts and prayers. I am amazed and impressed by the pace you have been able to keep but don't be afraid to take it easy on days your body is telling you to relax a bit. We all love you very much

G ledford said:   April 25th, 2013 3:39 pm

Hopefully the Generator Starter will hold up till you get to Cali.

Cindy Moore said:   April 25th, 2013 12:54 pm

Chad, I am following your progress and I am so proud of you and your commitment to not only help your self but others. You have always been a kind boy, now man. Plee pace yourself, enjoy our beautiful country, and keep your eye on the prize! Give Charlie my very best also, love you!

Ralph & Hildegarde Nobis said:   April 25th, 2013 11:19 am

Looks like good progress! Keep up the good work Florida friends of Mom & Dad. R&H

Rick Kitzmiller said:   April 24th, 2013 6:34 pm

Hi Chad, I am a teacher/interventionist at Norwood School. I enjoyed talking to your mother this week about your adventures. I do admire your courage for traveling across the country for the cause of mental health. I know your trip will be a great success. I am sure the memories of this endeavor will be treasured for a lifetime. Keep on tracking your way to your goal.

Donna Sandy said:   April 24th, 2013 4:11 pm

Hi Chad, I have never met you, but I know your mom. She subbed at Norwood Elementary on Monday and Tuesday. That is where I work and I was asking her how it was going with your adventure. She told me about this site and said if I had a chance to say "hi". Wanted to also say good luck and god bless you. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Keep up the good work.

Carole Beall Giampalmi said:   April 23rd, 2013 9:11 pm

Hi Chad, Just got caught up with your journey. Amazing! Sorry you are having so much shin pain. Hopefully those new running shoes from your Mom will help. Hi to your Dad and Mom when you talk/email her. A kiss for Maddie. Good luck and God be with you on your journey.

Jessica Dennis said:   April 23rd, 2013 8:55 pm

Chad, I met you in Gulf Shores this past Monday and you are such an inspiring individual! I'll be praying for your safety and wellness throughout your journey! Best wishes!

Jadyn Arevalo said:   April 23rd, 2013 4:23 pm

Chad, you were my program rep for Villanova training! Your journey is amazing and inspiring! Blessings and best wishes!! I will keep up with your blog, I'm a fellow runner as well. By the way, my co-worker posted your link on her FB page, we are all inspired by you!

Shannon said:   April 22nd, 2013 10:46 pm

We met you in Tallahassee at the KOA. Keep up the good work. You are doing great. We look forward to you reaching Biloxi MS!!

Andrea Jones said:   April 20th, 2013 8:39 pm

Hey Chad! Hang in there! Give that right leg a break for a while and focus on California. Remember, I am a real doctor, so you have to follow my orders. Did I ever tell you that I am an Ob/Gyn? :) I also forgot to wish you a happy birthday, so happy belated. I will keep you in my prayers.

Evelyn & Bunie said:   April 20th, 2013 1:22 pm

Hi, Chad! I just got off the phone talking with your mom (for about an hour!). She's doing fine, and we enjoyed talking about all your adventures. I follow your blog every day....sometimes twice a day, Chad, and am thoroughly enjoying every entry. Even Maddie looks as if she is smiling in her pictures!! Take care and keep well. Evelyn

Christy Holder said:   April 19th, 2013 6:51 pm

Hi Chad! I'm a forever friend of Tom Coffey - in fact, we have loved each other since we were about 4 years old. He mentioned you to me and gave me your info. What an awesome journey you are on! I'll also be following your trip and wish you good health and safety along the way.

Jack & Charlene said:   April 19th, 2013 5:36 pm

First of all..Belated Happy Birthday, Chad. You'll never forget this one!! Seems like you're meeting some nice people in FL and Maddie looks like she's "Queen of the Road". So glad all is going certainly are dedicated and it's unbelieveable the amount of miles you have put behind you. We love reading your daily blog..

Tom Coffey said:   April 19th, 2013 2:07 pm

It was an inspiration to meet you Chad. The cyclists from San Diago as well. It never would have happened if I wasn't nearly out of fuel and on the back roads in search of a gas station. Just shows how much we miss in life when we are in the fast lane. Meeting the guys from California riding their bikes to Jacksonville, and you, running from Jacksonville to San Diego, coincidently at the same gas station at the same time... renews my commitment to do the Miami Iron Man in October. Thanks and good luck

Tom and Marilyn Lee said:   April 19th, 2013 1:17 am

God bless you, Chad. Read your blog and are in awe of your progress every day. Worry, though, about so many miles on so many of your days. Sounds like it is quite an amazing experience and your endurance is phenomenal. We pray for your good health and safety every day. Lots of love

Karen & Tommy said:   April 18th, 2013 7:32 pm

Hi Chad, I am still amazed at what you are doing have you Contacted The Genius Book of world Records I think they would like What you are Doing Tell your Dad we also took his ideas and redid some of our Signs Think about the Genius book of world records i have never heard of anyone doing what you are. Be safe Karen & Tommy Lemon RV

Tracy Brown said:   April 17th, 2013 1:21 pm

Wow, you have made a lot of headway! You are such an inspiration to all. Make sure you are eating and drinking enough! Sounds like you will be done just in time to watch our Steelers kick but this year!!

Luella Cayton said:   April 16th, 2013 3:56 pm

Proud of you and your effort..Love reading your blog..I worked with your mom for years at West Milford, so I feel like I know am now retired as a school cook..Keep up the good work and stay safe..

Cody Gilliam said:   April 16th, 2013 7:42 am

Hey chad, I waited on you and your dad yesterday at a little pizza restaurant in mosey head. It's really awesome what your doing and makes me want to run more. I hope it goes well for you and ill be keeping track of your progress. Good luck!!

Lou Cimino said:   April 14th, 2013 4:49 pm

Drive Madison! RunChad!

Tara O. said:   April 13th, 2013 7:43 pm

Hello Chad, it was a pleasure meeting your father today! When he told me what you were doing I said "WHAAAT"? I admire your courage and trust that you will remain physically, mentally, and spiritually sustained. And what amazing selfless loving parents you have willing to safeguard you on your journey! BTW as I was processing some paperwork for your father today he fell asleep on me (sitting upright in chair) and although I didn't actually see him sleeping, I heard him. So I had to ask him "Did you just fall asleep?"..... he confessed :) May God bless and protect you and your family as you endeavor to run across the nation!

Ed & Maureen Spinelli said:   April 13th, 2013 11:59 am

Great to see that you endevour is going so well. There are some wonderful people across America. Enjoy the experience. It must be comforting to know you have such great support from your family and friends. Tell the "candyman" to keep his wallet handy. Stay safe!

Katy Boyle Martinelli said:   April 12th, 2013 4:38 pm

Sooooo amazing!!! You are an inspiration to all of us- especially those of us who have dealt with both the joy and heartache of loving someone with mental illness. God bless you on your journey

Gary Mitchell said:   April 12th, 2013 11:34 am

Good luck on your run.

Susan Sigmon said:   April 12th, 2013 6:57 am

Happy Birthday to my sweet son. I am so proud of you! Like Brenda said, you must eat, and eat three nutritious meals a day. I am so thrilled that your Dad is cooking!! So proud of him too! Wish I could be with you all to celebrate your birthday. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today as always. Love you bunches!

Jim and Brenda Riley said:   April 11th, 2013 9:36 pm

Chad, you're doing a phenomenal job. As a mom I must say make sure you are eating properly! It sounds like Charlie is enjoying himself too. Glad you're having this time together

Sharon Ferrell said:   April 11th, 2013 8:47 pm

Chad, I think this is a wonderful thing. I am so glad you are bringing awareness to mental health. It is so important. I sure hope you and Charllie have a great time. Stay safe and God bless you both.

Andrea Jones said:   April 11th, 2013 12:45 am

Chad! Keep going my friend. You keep going and I will keep donating:)

Teresa Harper said:   April 10th, 2013 11:24 pm

Its very inspirational what you are doing. My husband and I both suffer from mental illnesses. Keep safe and your in my prayers.

Gary Mitchell said:   April 10th, 2013 5:40 pm

Be safe and enjoy your walk.

Susie John said:   April 10th, 2013 1:27 pm

Best of luck from the Leon County Public Library System in Tallahassee, Florida ... Your cause is wonderful ... It's also great that you have such a supportive family.

Colton Lee said:   April 10th, 2013 12:18 pm

Chad, you better pack some heat in Juarez.

Jennie Dorsey said:   April 10th, 2013 10:03 am

So glad to hear you rested a day. Take care of yourself and your dad. Did you get your packages?

Karen & Thomas said:   April 9th, 2013 9:15 pm

Dear Chad, It was with great pleasure to meet you and your Dad today Thomas & I wish you safe travel and take one day at a time To make people awear most important take care of one another. Thomas & Karen From MA

Brandi (Payne) Johnson said:   April 8th, 2013 11:40 pm

Good luck Chad & thanks for making others aware of mental illness. Praying for u throughout your journey. Be blessed

Dave Gable said:   April 8th, 2013 8:43 pm

Hi Chad and Charlie --from Dave and CeCe--keep your dad away from garage sales --or you may have to get another RV --best of luck to you both --dg

Lou Cimino said:   April 6th, 2013 10:01 pm

When you get to Texas and use Maddie to pull you on a skateboard, will the run change to RunMaddie?

Beverly said:   April 6th, 2013 8:15 pm

Good Running & safe travels. From Clarksburg. Live near Clearwater,FL. Know your route:drove it in March helping family move.

Carol Swaney said:   April 6th, 2013 5:51 pm

Stay strong and safe!!! Thinking about you and praying for you all every day!

Louise Li said:   April 5th, 2013 11:27 pm

It takes incredible character to make a commitment like this, and I respect you deeply for it, as well as appreciate immensely the cause you are doing it for. You're a fighter! Stay strong (:

Marylene said:   April 5th, 2013 10:24 pm

Hi Chad! I met your mom and dad when they came into get pedicures. =P He told me about your run across the country and the cause you're running for. From reading your blogs, it looks like you're off to a great start. Good luck on your journey and stay safe! You're doing an amazing thing. ^_^

Anthony Sparaccio said:   April 5th, 2013 6:57 pm

Hey Chad, I've been reading your statuses on FB up until the journey and following your blog every day. Good luck on the rest of your adventure and Be Safe!

Bunie & Evelyn said:   April 4th, 2013 11:05 pm

Hi, Chad! Thanks for the nice thank-you note. I am enjoying your blog every day and are still keeping you, your dad, and Maddie in my prayers. Stay safe and eat well! I'll be talking to your mom as soon as she gets home. Evelyn and Bunie

Sarah Harris Cash said:   April 4th, 2013 9:56 pm

Chad, Good luck on your journey! Your effort WILL make a difference for many. Sarah Harris Cash

Craig Lents said:   April 4th, 2013 9:10 pm

I met your father today outside of Wellborn, Florida on US-90. He was telling me about your Journey from Florida to California. I wish you the best and stay safe.

Judy Wheeler said:   April 4th, 2013 9:07 pm

We have eaten at Sonny's. Yum! Loved the video of the new greeter at Walmart!

Michele Lawrie said:   April 4th, 2013 9:03 pm

Chad, You are an inspiration to all of us with OCD. I am so glad to hear of your journey across country to raise awareness for Mental Health and OCD. I pray you have a safe and successful journey. Good Luck and God Bless You!!!!

Mary Rose Axton said:   April 4th, 2013 7:52 pm

Good Luck Chad! We will be keeping up with your journey. Stay safe & always believe

Jenn Wonder twin said:   April 4th, 2013 12:19 am

Chad.. Great job so far. I knew you could do .. Just make sure you keep in touch and take some amazing pics for me !! Be safe and Good luck ! and make sure you water the plant !

Billy Stratton , Jr. AKA Cringer said:   April 3rd, 2013 10:52 pm

Michelle and I met you and your father Charlie at Wal-Mart this evening have a wonderful trip, we will follow you on the website look forward to taking you both for a airplane ride. my number is (386)288-5675. -cringer

Julie and Ed said:   April 3rd, 2013 9:43 pm

Chad, what courage you have to follow your passion. I am enhoying reading your BLOG each night and will travel the US throught your eyes. Be safe. Charlie, you are such a loving dad. Good luck to all three of you as you embark on this exciting trek.

Marilyn & Tom said:   April 2nd, 2013 11:29 pm

Dear Chad, As you know we think you're awsome and admire your incredible effort. Sounds like you're off to a roaring start. Just do be as careful as possible and not stubborn when those truckers are nearing you! :-) We do want you to have a very, very safe and successful journey. It shall be an incredulous feat. We send lots of love and prayers your way. We will think of you, your dad, and Maddie every day! God bless.

Julian from HealthShire said:   April 2nd, 2013 2:29 pm

Chad, so awesome what you are doing. If you end up passing through Albuquerque, I can get a group from my clinic to join you for a bit of the journey. Best of luck!

Steve Curran said:   April 1st, 2013 4:01 pm

Chad- First, thank you for what you are doing! I walked from St. Louis to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to raise awareness for Depression and it was a powerful experience. I would like to know your route is and offer any help I can. Good luck, be safe and spread the word! Steve Curran 314/550-1945

Kerri said:   April 1st, 2013 3:27 pm

You are amazing Chad! So proud of you! Be safe!

Tarja Linden said:   April 1st, 2013 2:32 pm

Every journey begins with one single step. Good luck and stay focused. California will look beautiful, worth all the effort! Not forgetting the good cause of your running.

Mary, Scott, & Luke Sekeres said:   April 1st, 2013 11:18 am

Praying for you Chad! God bless you on your journey... Best of luck:)

Monica Kappel said:   March 30th, 2013 10:25 pm

So proud of you! I wish you the best of luck, can't wait to hear all about your journey when you return :)

Marlene Paugh said:   March 30th, 2013 3:26 pm

Chad ... As you get closer to the beginning of this amazing journey ... for an absolutely amazing cause ... I want to wish you the best of luck ... and strength .. and most of all ... spirit and faith ... Trust in God for your strength ... Know that He is with you each step of every mile ... Through your journey now ... and always ... Good Luck and Be safe ...

Pam Proctor Criscitiello said:   March 29th, 2013 7:30 pm

Chad, we are very proud of you and if you are anywhere near us in TX, you have to let us know!! I miss all you Sigmons and hope for the day we can all spend a weekend together. Good luck, be careful, and what you're doing is truly awesome! Love, Cousin Pam

Jennifer White said:   March 29th, 2013 7:16 pm

Good luck Chad!!!

Suzy said:   March 28th, 2013 10:06 pm

Chad-so proud of you for your bravery and cheering for you the whole way!!

Colton Lee said:   March 28th, 2013 1:52 pm

Good Luck Chad! A game changer for sure.

Jimmy Stemple said:   March 27th, 2013 11:04 am

Chad--best of luck on your adventure. I wish you the best of luck and will follow along with your blog.

Carole Beall Giampalmi said:   March 25th, 2013 5:59 pm

Hey Chad, What a wonderful project you are undertaking! I will follow your blog as you cross the country with your Dad. Good luck!

Heather & Trevor Rusert said:   March 25th, 2013 3:44 pm

Great meeting you & your family in Florida - good luck & enjoy this special time with your dad! (and make sure to take photos across the country with your terrible towel!

Tracy Thorne said:   March 25th, 2013 11:23 am

So happy and excited for you! Have fun!!! Take lots of photos and breath! :)

Lou Cimino said:   March 23rd, 2013 9:34 pm

Chad, Remember that one of your greatest fans, Maddie has no picture! She's part of your travel group.

Tiffany Lee Gillen said:   March 20th, 2013 8:35 pm

Hey Chad! Just wanted to wish you the best of luck in your upcoming journey! Will be thinking of you and checking in for updates! Stay safe :)

Doug Wilson said:   March 19th, 2013 9:59 pm

Chad, Best wishes to you on your adventure. Miss talking to you. Take care, be safe, and good luck! -- Doug

Brenda Riley said:   March 15th, 2013 9:45 pm

Chad, I tried to use my Visa card a few times and it won't process. Could I send you a check? What address? This is a huge undertaking and everyone is so proud of you. I can't wait to read your blog as you begin this worthwhile journey. Jim and Brenda Riley

Marcus Hill said:   March 12th, 2013 9:53 pm

Hey Chad, I think what you are doing is for a great cause & I wish you the best of luck on your journey across the country.

Keri Kuhn said:   March 10th, 2013 8:34 pm

Chad While vacationing in Florida we had the pleasure of meeting your parents! They are wonderful people and they shared with us the journey you have planned! As a nurse, I often see those who need help and ....there just isn't the resources available!!! Great cause and our prayers are with you on this journey! God Bless Mark and Keri Kuhn from Minford Ohio

Tracey McCauley said:   March 10th, 2013 2:55 pm

Chad, may God guide your feet as He has already guided your heart to run for people who cannot fight for themselves. You are an inspiration and remind me to keep on going even when I am worn by life. My prayer is that you continue to inspire others to do the same. God speed and God bless

Marlene Paugh said:   March 10th, 2013 1:31 pm

Chad ... I will be cheering you on through every leg of your run ... Havinh worked in the mental health field ... This is a cause that is very close to my heart ... And I amhonored to say that I know someone helping to raise awareness for this ... Good luck ... And God bless you ...

Amber Benincosa said:   March 7th, 2013 12:41 am

My best friend has done the AT and the Pacific Crest trails, but I have never heard of someone running that far. Good luck to you and I am sure it will be a great adventure! Definitely for a great cause as well!

Tom & Mariliiiyn said:   March 7th, 2013 12:10 am

Best Wishes for a very successful journey, Chad! It should be quite an experience. God Bless!

Keri Smith said:   March 6th, 2013 9:24 pm

Very inspirational, Chad! Best of luck to you.

Michelle Pochick said:   March 6th, 2013 4:51 pm

Hey Chad! This is awesome!! Best of luck to you!!

Sherry Nobles-White (Bisk) said:   March 5th, 2013 2:54 pm

I do not know you personally however just want to show my support. Be Safe! S.Nobles-White, Instructional Designer Florida Tech. (undergraduate degrees)

Lou C said:   March 5th, 2013 2:45 pm

If your feet get sore: Take two armadillos in harnesses, get a skate board and hook them up! Problem solved.

Valerie Howe said:   March 5th, 2013 11:13 am

So proud of you. You are giving me inspiration to go out and run. Good Luck Love ya

Tracy B. said:   March 5th, 2013 8:11 am

Run Chad Run!!! Good luck! Thanks for inspiring so many.

Tadashi Ru said:   March 4th, 2013 8:41 pm

We are all rooting for you Chad! Follow your heart, and make sure to wear sunblock!!

Andrea Jones said:   March 4th, 2013 3:54 pm

Hey Chad! Met you on the phone today for Villanova. You ROCK!! I will be watching and donating.

Scott Limer said:   March 4th, 2013 12:53 pm

Best of luck to ya buddy! I'll be watching! #Beastmode

Jen.s said:   February 8th, 2013 10:47 pm

Looking forward to tracking your run , you have our support , run chady

Dr. N said:   February 5th, 2013 11:12 pm

Looking forward to seeing a fellow OCD'er run for a cause! I can't wait to enjoy your journey. A good book will follow!

Ryan H said:   February 5th, 2013 11:35 am

Go for it my man! (Let me know when you're done, I've got a comfy seat, air conditioning and a good looking headset for you!)

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