By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – Sterling Cleveland reached his donation goal of $10,000, but he is halfway through his physical goal—walking to California from New York.
Cleveland took an absence from his job in the heart of Manhattan to tell people in every city he walks through about Diabetes.
The wind blew against his face as he crossed 132nd Street.
"Sometimes it's a little cold," Cleveland explained. "Sometimes it's a little bit too much snow to walk through."
But no weather fazed Cleveland.
"I have a goal in mind. I'm not stopping until reach that goal."
He wants to raise $20,000 and donate all of it to the American Diabetes Association. Cleveland reached his first goal to raise $10,000 last Friday. He said as of Sunday, he has raised $15,000.
"I'll just keep raising the bar until I'm able to generate as much money for the American Diabetes [Association] as possible," Cleveland said.
Cleveland's grandmother died from Diabetes.
Last November he set another goal—to arrive in Los Angeles, California on foot.
"I started in New York a lot of people had doubts," he said. "And I'm in Nebraska now. A lot of people didn't think I would make it this far."
He carried 40 pounds on his back through every city—armed with water, snow gear, his iPod and iPhone for when the walk got lonely.
Cleveland also spoke with people in restaurants around Omaha about eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent becoming Diabetic.
"Be aware of how it can be prevented. And people who do have it, how they can manage it."
And that was ultimately what Cleveland wanted to tell people.
That, like walking more than 2,500 miles across the country, every challenge starts when people take steps.
"I know I'll make it to California. It's just something that I planned and I have the right mindset."
Cleveland plans to arrive in Los Angeles on July 22. He left New York City on November 28, 2012.
People can donate directly to the American Diabetes Association at Cleveland's website www.soiltrek.com.
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