Wrightsville Beach, NC (PRWEB) March 08, 2013
When asked how he will walk across the United States, Cody D. Thompson, 36, of Reston, Virginia, answered, “One step at a time, carrying a lot of water!” Sunday, March 10, at 12 Noon, Cody begins his his first step of a 2,700 mile trek, beginning at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort at Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
Cody is making this epic journey to raise money for Child’s Play, a charity founded by video gamers that helps children in hospitals around the world through the donation of toys and games. The charity raised more than $4.5M last year through the effort and generosity of the video game industry, gamers, and the power of play. Cody, a video gamer himself, intends to demonstrate that, despite negative press and stereotypes, gamers can and do have a positive impact. http://www.childsplaycharity.org
As a child recovering from eye surgery, Cody played his first video game at the direction of his doctor, to strengthen his eyes. At the time, however, Cody just knew that the games were a welcome distraction from his medical procedure. He wants to extend that benefit – through Child’s Play – to other children.
He is also walking as a means to self-discovery. When asked what that means Cody smiled and replied, “I am not sure, ask me when I am done.”
Departing from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on March 10, 2013, Cody intends to complete his quest on the beach in Redondo Beach, California in seven to eight months.
Cody's first plan had been to take US 40 across the country, but walking on interstates is illegal. "There are plenty of roads that mirror US 40 and I will be trekking these. I will start in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and end in California at Redondo Beach where I shall fall into the water in truly dramatic fashion." Cities and towns include: Wrightsville Beach, NC; Asheville, NC; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Albuquerque, NM; Flagstaff, AZ; Disneyland, CA; Redondo Beach, CA.
Those interested can follow Cody via his website: walkinggamer.com. He intends to update it with blog posts, photos, and videos as often as possible. As a result of recent media attention, he has received an outpouring of support from gamers across the country offering everything from funds to lodging to a walking companion.
Cody D. Thompson
Phone: (703) 347-1758
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Jason St. Clair, Blockade Runner Beach Resort