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Man with IV pole walking across America for a good cause

Kai Porter
June 16, 2018 07:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A man from California is on an eight-month, 4,000-mile long journey across America pushing an IV pole.


On foot.

On Saturday Kevin Fern was 76 days into a journey from Los Angeles to Boston when he made a stop in Albuquerque. He's walking every step of the way pushing an IV pole to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer camps.

"The IV pole symbolizes the struggle of cancer, and really the burden," Fern said.

Fern’s wife, Carol, is following along in an RV which the couple is also calling home along the way.

"I do the route-planning – where he can walk, where's going to be the safest, where's asphalt so he can push his IV pole,” Carol Fern said. “Pushing it in gravel is very difficult."

Kevin was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1985 when he was a teenager. He says his experience at a camp for children with cancer helped him heal.

"It did change my life,” he said. “I was around other children and other people and other kids that all had cancer. We didn't have to explain anything to each other."

Now, cancer free for 30 years, Fern wants other children battling the disease to have the same experience he did: to feel like a normal kid for a week and forget about the painful battle ahead.

"They have an opportunity to meet other kids that are having the same struggles that they are," Kevin Fern said.

In New Mexico, Camp Enchantment is the state's camp for kids who have or have beat cancer.

But it isn't cheap, costing around $2,000 to send a child to camp for a week.

Fern is determined to help send as many children with cancer as he can to a camp like Camp Enchantment.

"It's an unbelievable thing," he said. "That's why I'm so laser-focused and committed to keeping camps operational and them being able to do their jobs. Their job is to focus on the children."

To make a donation and to follow Fern on his journey click here




Kai Porter

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