January 20, 2014
Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 7:52 AM EDT
Depew, N.Y. (WKBW) - Noelle Haines-Mohr has been through a lot.
“In November 2010 I got the most horrendous migraine that I ever had. They found out I had a brain tumor,” Haines-Mohr said.
She had the mass removed but was left with many complications. She was blind in her right eye. Although happy to be alive, she was devastated with the outcome and didn't feel supported.
“I finally came out of the hospital for the last time. I saw several doctors who were doom and gloom. They said this is what you have to get used to it. Then, I went to the Olmsted Center for Sight and I saw the doctor there and he was breath of fresh air,” Mohr said.
This doctor got Noelle's life back on track. Now, her mom is taking steps to thank the hospital for helping her daughter. Patricia Bordas is walking cross-country to raise money for Olmstead Center for the Sight and an organization called Northtown Pregnancy Center.
“I'll be walking through Massachusetts then into New York at Albany still following Route 20. It will take me a week in Massachusetts and then a couple more weeks to get to Buffalo,” Bordas said.
From Buffalo, Trish will travel through nine more states to Oregon, taking Route 20 the entire way. She plans on walking for about six months, averaging 20 miles a day. Right now, she is training for the big event, working out at the gym and walking anywhere she can.
“Right now, I'm by myself but I'm contacting pregnancy centers across the country to see if I could get people to walk even a state with me,” Bordas said.
She is also working to raise money for the journey, along with donations for those special organizations. Bordas said this trip is about raising money but also promoting health and well-being.
“I'm looking through this to get a lot more healthier. Just through training I've lost 25 pounds doing this,” Bordas said.
Mohr said because of the side effects of her illness she can't walk cross-country but she will be her mom's home base in Buffalo. She said she is overwhelmed by her mom’s efforts.
“I'm completely in awe of my mother for deciding to do this. I'm so inspired. I've always kind of looked up to my mom and thought she was amazing. Now, she is doing this wonderful thing,” Haines-Mohr said.