Real-Life Forrest Gump

The story of Steve Fugate, trekking for Kindness and to Love Life. A must read of an incredibly moving story. Credit to runner, writer, humanitarian, and fellow-blogger Chuck Douros who blogs at

Kindness Blog

14 years ago, Steve Fugate took it upon himself to walk across America, as therapy after losing his son. Through his extraordinary journey, he hoped to spread just one simple message – ‘Love Life’.

Steve FugateIt’s estimated 67-year-old Steve has walked over 34,000 kilometers since he first set out on his legendary treks. Fugate, a native of Florida, had never really been a fan of walking, but he found it to be a great way to spread love after he lost his children. 1999 was a particularly tough year for him. He was going through a failed marriage and his business had taken a hit. To make matters worse, his son Stevie, 26, was convicted of drunk driving. It was all getting a bit too much to handle, so Fugate decided to go trekking on the 2,167 mile Appalachian Trail, leaving his son in charge of the business.

Unfortunately, young Stevie…

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Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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4 Responses to Real-Life Forrest Gump

  1. Lily Lau says:

    This was beautiful… instead of getting locked on his house and on himself, he was enough courageous to still love life despite all, and share it with the world… Thank you Jim, for showing it to us.


  2. LB says:

    Oh my … what an incredble story of survival … and love and selflessness. Thanks for sharing this story, Jim


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