Man on a mission: He can’t see, but David Kuhn is determined to help his granddaughter

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- An Illinois man is running, not across, but around the United States. On Tuesday, October 21st, his quest brought him to Milwaukee.

Years ago, David Kuhn never saw himself a "runner." The DeKalb native however, has always perceived himself a "family man" -- and 12 years ago, he became a grandfather.

Kuhn is running around the perimeter of the U.S., 11,000 miles, to raise money and awareness of Cystic Fibrosis. It's the disease his granddaughter was diagnosed with when she was just five years old.

"I thought, well, I want to do something for her," said Kuhn.

Kuhn decided he'd run for the granddaughter he's actually never seen. In 1983, a driver swerved in front of the semi Kuhn was driving. The accident damaged his retinas and eventually blinded him. Kuhn has complete darkness in one eye -- and he can only make out contrasting figures in the other.

Even with all of that, Kuhn only needs to use a cane when he takes the corners. He runs 20 miles a day at locations he schedules -- usually the night before. His granddaughter doesn't even know.

"As much as possible, we're trying and hoping she live as normal a childhood as possible," said Kuhn.

Kuhn won't beat the cold before turning south. He says that's okay because the real race is against a disease that's invaded his granddaughter's lungs.

Kuhn's next stop is Kenosha. He's already completed 1,600 miles and raised nearly $10,000. If you'd like to follow Kuhn along on his run around the U.S., CLICK HERE.

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