Her sides hurt, her feet hurt, her lungs hurt, but thanks to the friends she’s met along the way on her journey across America, Jan Walker’s spirit and determination remain unbreakable.
Walker is running, hiking and walking from California to Washington, D.C. to help raise money and awareness for the “September 11th National Memorial Trail,” an interconnected network of trails that link the three Sept. 11 terrorist attack sites (Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Pentagon and New York City) together.
But right now, she’s resting up at the house of Los Alamos resident Lisa Reader, recovering from some health issues she encountered while on the road near Socorro.
Walker and Reader knew each other from a previous race Walker ran in Utah called the “Grand to Grand,” where Reader was a volunteer.
Walker had just reconnected with Reader a couple of days before her health told her it was time to take a break. She knew just who to call.
Walker has had a lot of serendipitous moments like that, where a friend will just show up out of the blue to offer assistance.