Friday, August 27, 2010

Walking for the Lions

Man Walks 425 Miles to Deliver Message of Perseverance to Lions

The Detroit News's Tim Twentyman called it a "journey of love," which probably best describes what 63-year-old Joe Paquette Jr. put himself through to honor the Detroit Lions.

Paquette walked from Munising, Michigan to the Lions headquarters in Allen Park, some 425 miles that took him 18 days. All to relay a message: "Sisu."

"It means perseverance and being able to bounce back from a difficult situation, which we all know the Lions are in," Paquette said Wednesday. "I said that's what the Lions need, they need Sisu. But how do you get it down there? Do you send them a letter that ends up in the waste basket?

"After the holidays when my weight and my cholesterol and my blood pressure all went north I said, 'Let's get into a little more committed routine of walking.' About March I said I feel good enough to bring Sisu to (the Lions)."

Twentyman writes that Paquette endured "scores of blisters an seven consecutive days of rain at one point."

The rest of the article here.

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