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Former Marine walks across America

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Twenty-six years after graduating from boot camp, Jim Hickey is visiting Beaufort to rest his tired legs and blistered feet.

The 47-year-old New Jersey man in July began his fourth attempt to walk across the country — from the East Coast to Los Angeles — and has been hiking across South Carolina for the past several months to raise awareness of and money for cancer research.

Hickey began his first walk for cancer research after his father died of prostate cancer in 1995. His brother was diagnosed with the disease about six months after his father’s death, and Hickey then decided to contribute to the search for a cure.

He worked odd jobs — including carnival worker, dishwasher and painter’s assistant — to pay for his food and lodging throughout the trip.

“I can’t just quit it,” he said. “I can’t, I won’t let myself.”

Read more and see more pictures: Former Marine returns to Beaufort in projected walk across America

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