IMPERIAL, Mo. (KSDK) - Robert Norton of Imperial admits he's never walked much more than 10 miles at a time in his entire life. But this coming Saturday, Norton will begin a 500 kilometer journey across the state of Missouri to raise money for cancer research.
"It works out to walking the distance of a marathon every day for two weeks," Norton smiles.
Norton's planning to cover a lot of ground and he feels blessed to be able to do it. He's gone down a long and difficult road in recent years.
In January 2010, Norton noticed a lump on his neck. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with lymphoma.
"Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer," Norton said.
After a round of chemotherapy, Norton's cancer went into remission. He immediately volunteered to walk in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk to raise money for research.
But this year, Norton decided to up the ante on cancer. He will leave Kansas City on Saturday, September 14 and, if all goes well, he will arrive the night before the Light the Night Walk at Forest Park in St. Louis on September 26.
A journey that will take him over 310 miles (Norton calls it his 500k walk).
So why would he volunteer for a mission like this?
"To find a cure. To help bring awareness. To help raise money," Norton said. "To help more people understand that the number of people being diagnosed is going up every year. Not just blood cancer but every kind. It's more prevalent in our society."
You can follow Robert Norton's walk on his Facebook page at .
You can also donate on a link with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.