CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Georgia man is using his legs to bring more awareness to Alzheimer's Disease.
Jack Fussell, 62, watched his father and six other relatives succumb to the diesease.
So, he decided to lace up the running shoes and is running from Savannah, Georgia to Monterey, California.
Fussell made a stop in Mississippi Sunday, and said it's an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association.
"About six or seven years ago I set about five long distance running goals. When I got through with them I didn't have anything else planned. It camee to my mind one night to run across the United States. It popped into my mind to do it for the Alzheimer's Association to try and help," the Canton, Georgia native said.
Fussell's original game plan was to get to California by a certain time period, but that has since been scratched.
Fussell is still making his way out west, but he's now stopping at various cities and visiting with people who suffer from Alzheimer's.
"I thought it would take me six months. But, going to all the assisted living homes I go to and the nursing homes. People stop beside the road and the time does not matter at all to me anymore. It's mainly talking to those people," Fussell explained.
He hopes to inspire others to achieve goals and help people.
"It's just never too late to do really big things. Just try as hard as you can. I think you can go until you die. I mean it's a big deal to me. It's really a big thing for me to keep going," he said.
Fussell is making his way to Walnut and then Memphis, and he runs 18-34 miles a day.