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Florida Child Marching Across Country To Find Diabetes Cure

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
Crystal Chavez
The Florida Channel
Noah Barnes is walking from Key West to the northwestern tip of Washington state.

A 10-year old boy from Jupiter is trekking through Orlando on Friday as part of a march across the country. Noah Barnes is walking coast to coast to raise money for diabetes research.

It’s personal for Barnes who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 16 months old. He said he started out at Florida’s southernmost tip, Key West … the destination is Blaine, Washington.

“I have a mission and purpose and that is to cure diabetes,” said Barnes.

His mom said he’s averaging 17 miles a day. Barnes has raised $3,000 so far for the University of Florida Diabetes Institute.

The Barnes family hopes to finish the cross country trip by Oct. 28.

You can follow Noah’s journey here.