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Man rolls giant globe across U.S to raise awareness of diabetes

Erik Bendl, who calls himself 'World Guy', is walking more than 2,200 miles across the U.S. whilst rolling a giant, inflatable globe, in memory of his mother, Greta Bendl, who died from diabetes complications aged 54.

This is Erik’s fifth trekking challenge in four years. He began walking shortly after his mother’s death in 1987, with a 160 mile walk around Kentucky for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The walks have taken him as far east as Acadia National Park in Maine and as far west as Pike's Peak in Colorado – all to raise awareness of diabetes.

He is currently half-way through this latest venture, which he began on 10 January, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Savannah, Georgia, which he hopes to reach by 10 March.

Walking with him is his dog, Nice, and together they cover up to 10 miles a day.

Erik says he walks "to spread the word that diabetes is a worldwide problem and we all need to get involved and step out for our health".

To read about Erik’s epic journey visit his blog watch a video here:

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