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Can You Imagine? 77-Year-Old Walks Across Nebraska, Now Iowa


Could you imagine walking all the way across Nebraska and back? A 77-year-old man did and now he's taking on Iowa.

“I grew up in western Nebraska so I pretended to walk home.” Walking is a way of life for Ken Lafon. He knew he needed to make a change after having his first heart attack.

“To make it interesting I'll pretend to walk across Nebraska so I walked all the way across Nebraska and back.” That's 900 miles, but Ken didn't stop there. “One of the nurses, who is from Iowa, said why don't you walk across Iowa and I am.”

Ken does a mile-and-a-half a day on the treadmill at Methodist Hospital in Omaha where he also volunteers. So he just marks it off as he goes along. “Yes, I mark it off.”

Ken has had three heart attacks in his lifetime, but he's not letting that stop him. He's 77 and still going strong. “I have gone from Council Bluffs to Indianola. I'm just about halfway across.”

He works hard on the treadmill and still squeezes in time to volunteer. “I was a teacher for 30 years and I was used to helping.” Ken is one of 500 volunteers at Methodist Hospital.


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