Day One Done

Today was a pretty awesome day. The walk definitely got off to a great start.

My day began at 4:40am (I like to talk a walk a stretch a little before breakfast). After making sure everything was set to go and having some oatmeal and a banana for breakfast my mom, dad, sister and I headed down to Jubilee. I wanted to make sure I got there early so I’d be there when everyone else started arriving. We got there at about 6:40. Jubilee doesn’t open until 7 but there were already two people waiting outside the door by the time we arrived.

I was absolutely thrilled at the turn out. I think I counted 18 people who all came out to see me off and walk with me. Thank you all so much for coming out and supporting this cause. I cannot adequately express how much it meant to me to see so many people outside Jubilee, at 7am on a weekend, just to come spend some time walking with me. It felt incredible to turn around as we were walking up 5th Avenue and see the side walk filled with so many of my friends (some of whom I had seen in probably years) and family. I want to sincerely thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart. This was certainly be one of the most special experiences I’ve had in my life.

I want to extend an even deep expression of appreciation and gratitude to Josh Zorich. You are one of the most awesome people and best friend ever. Josh walked with me the entire way; from Jubilee to Murrysville. I didn’t think walking by myself last Sunday was that bad, but having Josh there to talk to the whole way made the walk infinitely easier and more enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed the hours of conversation we had. Thank you so much.

I also want to thank and commend my father for walking with me (and Josh) for the majority of the day – from Jubilee to 2.2 miles into Oakland and then from Penn Hills to Murrysville. I was extremely impressed. I know that it wasn’t easy for you and you’ll probably be really feeling it tomorrow (remember to ice), but the fact that you kept going and made it all the way to Murrysville was inspiring for me.

Hopefully the weather we had today will follow me throughout my walk. It was nice and cool in the morning and never got too hot. I did some how manage to get sunburn on my neck, which I only noticed after I finished walking, but it’s not too bad. I will just be sporting the uber sweet farms tan around my neckline for a while – it’s a pretty cool look if you ask me anyway (ok maybe not).

So one day and 20 miles down- 24 days and 345 more miles to go.

Adam

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About adambrok

My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor. I am also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.
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9 Responses to Day One Done

  1. Diane Silverman says:

    Congratulations Adam on finishing day 1! A bigger congratulations goes out to you for taking on this challenge. Good luck as you continue to raise awareness for your cause. I am proud to be a part of those following you.

  2. Susan Loether says:

    May all your days be this blessed! Keep the spirit & the attitude! Susan

  3. Emmie Surom says:

    Woah. You are crazy insane! Awesome! Good luck on the rest of your walk!

  4. Mount Aloysius College awaits your arrival!

    • adambrok says:

      Sister Nancy,

      I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for me. You and everyone at Mount Aloysius have been so wonderful. You have no idea how special it made me feel to see all you guys waiting outside cheering for me. That was one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced and will remember it fondly for the rest of my life. Your hospitality and generousity have been overwhelming. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with you, and Dr. Foley, and everyone else I had the pleasure of meeting while I’ve been here. Thank you so much. I feel extremely grateful to have had the privillege of spending time with all of you.

  5. Rabbi Amy Hertz says:

    Adam…you made the front of the Jewish Chronicle. I am so proud of you and what you are doing for the world. You are inspiring to me and so many others. We can’t wait to see you safe and sound back at Rodef in a few weeks!

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