Father’s quest to raise money for sick daughter with 1,200 mile barefoot walk nearing end

North Carolina

RICHLANDS, N.C. (WNCT) — Walking for 50 days and 1,200 miles sounds daunting enough. What about doing it barefoot?

That’s what one father is doing, all to help raise money for his daughter who is suffering from a rare illness. He is hopeful to finish his walk in Onslow County a week from Sunday.

Maj. Chris Brannigan’s daughter, Hasti, has a rare genetic condition known as CdLS, which affects growth and development. Brannigan’s Barefoot Walk is raising money for a gene treatment that could allow his daughter and other children like her to lead healthier lives. However, the clinical trials cost upwards of $3 million.

“I decide to walk barefoot because Hasti’s condition makes lots of things that other children find easy, really really difficult for her,” Brannigan said. “Learning in the classroom, some physical activities, it affects her memory, so it seemed only fair to find something that seems relatively easy, and make it difficult for myself so I can understand what she goes through every day.” 

Brannigan’s walk began in Bar Harbor, Maine, where the laboratory for the gene research is located. He said he chose to finish in Jacksonville because, after serving in the British military for 14 years, he wants to finish with his military family. He said he’s walked 975 miles so far, as of Sunday afternoon.

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