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Caring compels woman to walk

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By Kristen Hampton - bio l email

MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - If you travel along Brawley School Road in Mooresville, you'll likely see Susan Gandy out walking. The woman walks 10 miles everyday. Not for exercise. Not for fun. Susan walks because some of the foster kids thought no one cared enough to do something so big, just for them.

Susan is on the board of Children's Homes of Iredell. She's seen first-hand the trauma caused by being left without parents. She's also seen what happens when kids turn 18 and aren't eligible for state assistance anymore.

Susan decided, at the prodding of the kids to do something to draw attention to their efforts to get grant money to set up a transitional housing program for aged-out kids. Pepsi is giving away $250,000 to 2 lucky non-profits who get the most votes in an online program.

Susan decided to walk up and down the road every single day wearing a shirt with the codes to vote for their organization. She decided to do it after one kid said no one cared about him enough to take on such a task.

Susan has walked so far in a month, if she were to have been traveling on a straight path, she'd be on the outskirts of Atlanta, GA.

Her team is in 30th place right now for the grant prize, but she says it's not even about winning anymore. While it would certainly help a lot of they did, now the kids know they're special enough to wear out Susan's shoes. They're precious enough to be worth the blisters that cover her feet.

The kids mean the world to her, and if given the chance, she'd likely take her walk around the world for them.

For more information on the grant program, click here.

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