One Connecticut veteran will embark on a 30 mile walk this weekend to raise money for a little boy battling cancer.
Eyewitness News caught up with 19-year army veteran Rodney Davis this week while he was training.
Davis knows he is getting ready for a day-long journey.
“Every step will give him strength that he needs,” Davis said.
He'll walk in silence to honor Xander, who is a 5-year-old battling stage 4, high risk Neuroblastoma.
“I just wanted to walk for him,” Davis said. “I thought it would be more meaningful if I walk from somewhere he is now, to somewhere he lives I thought would be a powerful thing for him.”
Davis will begin Saturday morning at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford.
From there Davis will head west, his route will take him along Wolcott Rd, New Britain Avenue and South Road in West Hartford. Davis will then proceed along Route 6 into Farmington, reaching the10 mile mark near the intersection of Colt Highway and Scott Swamp Road in Farmington.
Davis will then continue along Route 6 into Bristol. He is expected to make at stop at the Bristol Commons Shopping Plaza before continuing on along Route 6 into reaching the 20 mile mark just before he enters Terryville.
Davis will continue to follow Route 6 into Thomaston and hit his 25 mile mark near the intersection of Pleasant Street. He will then continue along Route 6 into Watertown, finishing at Veteran's Memorial Park in Watertown around 5 p.m.
He'll be wearing a very fitting outfit.
“In all honestly, just because we get to walk with our superhero capes, I just want to thank him for letting me being in a super cape all day,” Davis said.
Davis also wanted to raise awareness for pediatric cancer funding. After he learned that just 4-percent of funds go to pediatric cancer research.
Kelly Quinn has been friends with Davis since high school.
“The thing about Rodney Davis is he's one of those quiet heroes, and he does a lot of things that no one ever knows about,” Quinn said. “He's the guy who will pay for your coffee at Dunkin Donuts. His heart and his soul goes so deep.”
When he's not training, Davis works for the veteran's administration as a readjustment counseling therapist in Danbury.
He helps veterans and their families transition and adjust to life after the military.
There will be certain parts of the route that Davis will welcome company.
You can support Davis on his walk by making a donation on his Go Fund Me page here.
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