James Robertson, a 56-year-old man from Detroit, has been walking 21 miles to work and back since his car broke down a decade ago.

Detroit Man Walks 21 Miles To Work

Monday through Friday, Robertson makes the trek to his job manufacturing injection molds at Schain Mold & Engineering, which pays him $10.55 an hour. No matter the weather, Robert makes the long journey, taking a bus only a small fraction of the way.

“I don’t think what I do is big deal,” Robertson told People. “I do what I have to do to get to work in the morning. It’s just a part of my life. My parents taught me hard work ethic growing up in Detroit. It’s all about keeping your schedule on track and focusing your mind on what matters.”


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Wayne State University student Evan Leedy got wind of Robertson’s story and decided to start a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise enough money for Robertson to afford to buy himself a car. Leedy’s modest ambition was to raise $5,000. Only two days after the page was launched, it’s raised $187, 651.

“I was blown away. He has been doing this for so long and doesn’t complain. I thought of myself and how most people could never do what he does every single day,” Leedy told People.”I then decided to create a GoFundMe page where people could donate. I set the goal for $5,000, but I really didn’t think many people would see it or donate.”

“We now have car dealerships and car companies saying they will donate a car. We can now use this money to truly change James’ life,” Leedy added. “We can get him a nice place to live. A place he deserves.”

For Robertson, the attention and outpouring of support comes as a huge surprise. “I am just so stunned,” he says. “Who would have thought that just a simple walk would have turned into this? I would have told you that you were crazy a few days ago.”

“I am taking this as a sign that it’s time I start driving again,” Robertson continued, adding, “And getting more than two hours of sleep a night.”

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