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An Arizona woman who is walking across the country to raise money and awareness for the Beads of Courage Organization made it to Missoula today.

On May 8th, Stacie Eichinger started her journey from Ocean Shores, Washington planning to walk the 3,800 miles to Savannah, Georgia for her personal Walk 4 Courage to raise awareness and money for the Beads of Courage Program.

Beads of Courage is a children's charity that provides Arts-in-Medicine Programs for children coping with serious illness.

"The bases of Beads of Courage is that for every procedure, there is a different bead to show the child's journey," said Eichinger.

About ten years ago, Eichinger read the book "Walk Across America" in high school and thought what a great idea to see her country at such a slow and leisurely pace.

Six years later, she started volunteering for the Beads of Courage Organization and decided she wanted to walk across the country while raising money for this organization that is so close to her heart.

"I fell in love with the program because these kids didn't really have anything tangible to show what they've gone through and how resilient they are. People never really understood, so it just seemed perfect," said Eichinger.

Eichinger tries to walk about 25 miles a day and she has been staying with people who have reached out to her.

Along the way she stops at hospitals with the Beads of Courage Program and gives out her own personal beads off shoes to show her journey.

"I meet the kids in the clinics and we share stories and I want to let them know how much of an inspiration they've been to me while I'm walking," said Eichinger.

Eichinger is very thankful to the people who have helped her through food and cash donations and hopes people will donate to this program.

Stacie Eichinger will leave from Missoula tomorrow morning and continue on her journey. She is hoping to arrive in Savannah at the end of January.

You can follow her progress at walk4courage.weebly.com

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