LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- 23-year-old Courtnay Midkiff from Richmond, Virginia is walking across the country this summer to raise money for the National Fabray Disease Foundation.
Midkiff says he's been walking eight or nine hours a day since March 1. So far he's logged a little over 2,000 miles.
He says he's doing it for a disease very close to his heart.
"I have it. My brother has it. My mom has it," says Midkiff. "It's a rare genetic disease that causes burning in the fingers and toes and it also causes a fatty lipid build up around the heart and kidneys so it can cause strokes, heart attacks and even kidney failure in a lot of patients."
Midkiff hopes to finish his journey around mid to late August.
So far, he has raised nearly $8,000 for the National Fabray Disease Foundation.