Effingham, IL -(Effingham Radio)- Nobody’s eyes were deceiving them yesterday if you happened to be driving on Route 40, between Effingham and Altamont.
You did see a man, 50 years young, walking on the shoulder of one of the most highly traveled highways in the United States, pushing and possibly even carrying an IV Pole.
That mans name is Kevin Fern, and he’s walking across the Country for a great cause.
In the fall of 1985 when he was an active teenager participating in sports and music, Kevin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
While Fern went into remission in the Summer of 1986, he had heard about a camp for children with cancer while receiving chemotherapy.
Fern submitted paperwork to become a counselor at the camp, Camp-Can-Do, and became a counselor at the camp in 1986 and 1987.
It was this experience that led to the creation of Kevin’s IV Pole, which supports Childhood Cancer Oncology camps across the US by raising awareness of the camps and fundraising to assist the camps.
Kevin Fern has made it his mission to walk across the United States pushing an IV pole, beginning from Manhattan Beach, California and ending in Boston, Massachusetts.
Kevin made his way through Effingham County on Monday.
Cromwell Radio’s Dustin Osteen was able to talk with Kevin Fern during this trip.
You can listen to Dustin’s interview with Fern below.
More information about Fern’s journey can be found at his website, www.kevinsivpole.com.