Cheektowaga, N.Y. (WKBW) - Trish Bordas, 51, l got fitted for sneakers and hit the gym six months ago to begin training for her big walk. Now, she is headed cross-country by foot, all for a good cause.
“I am going to walk coast to coast from Massachusetts to Oregon. I'm raising money for Northtown Pregnancy Center and Olmsted Center for Sight,” Bordas said.
Bordas has personal connection to the cause.
“My daughter had a brain tumor in November of 2010 and having it removed she was left blind in her right eye,” Bordas said.
She will leave on Monday to drive from Buffalo to Massachusetts. Then, she will start her walk early Tuesday morning. She will be walking for six to eight months, averaging about 20 miles a day.
“In training for this, I go on the treadmill. I'm trying to 10 to 15 miles a day,” Bordas said.
Bordas has been looking for donors for her cause in two ways. She is raising money directly for the charities. The other funds go to her journey, for expenses including hotel rooms and food. One local business called Good Feet in Cheektowaga is going above and beyond.
“There will be a lot of pressure on my feet so I'm happy that Good Feet sponsored me because they gave me these great shoes,” Bordas said.
Representatives with the company said whether you are going around the block or cross country, good foot support is key. Good Feet is also making an even bigger donation next month.
“They are going to be donating a portion of our April proceeds the cause,” Bordas said.
Other businesses, including Olive Garden, donated gift certificates for food. Bordas said one of her biggest expenses. A local church has also given to the cause. She said she not only wants to give back to the charity but also get healthy in the process and show others they can do the same.
“So far just in training, I lost 25 pounds. I’m hoping to lose a lot more in walking. The idea of doing something like this at 51 is exciting and I feel like I need to do it now while I can. Also, other people my age seeing this and saying I can go out and walk,” Bordas said.