WWII veteran walking 100 miles for 100th birthday to raise money for COVID-19 relief

As he nears his 100th birthday, a World War II veteran is planning to walk 100 miles in an effort to raise money for those impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mickey Nelson, who turns 100 in June, is calling the initiative “Walking to 100” and selected the Salvation Army to receive donations as part of his effort, according to a statement by the organization. He was inspired by a British army veteran whose 100 laps in his garden helped raise millions of pounds for the U.K.‘s National Health Service.

“I know that people are struggling, either from the illness or a job loss from all the businesses shutting down,” said Nelson, who lives in Clarks Grove, Minnesota. “I just thought there was something I could do to help.”

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