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The Pacing Parson

Don is Moving Right Along!


I spoke with Don a couple of days ago and he will be in Superior, WI by this weekend. He enjoyed a visit from Col. Carl Hicks, Jr. last week who flew in from the Seattle area to walk with Don for a bit. Carl is the Executive Vice President at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) that Don is walking for. He has been personally touched by pulmonary hypertension in the life of his daughter. I’ve included some great photos taken with Don and Col. Hicks in the Gallery (found on the home page in the menu) so take a look!

Don also related some heartwarming stories when he was in Bemidji, MN. They met a nice waiter, Isaac, while they were eating at Applebee’s and when they were telling him about the walk, he gave them his tip money. It ended up being $45! Loretta was washing clothes at a laundry mat there in town and after drying his clothes, a man said his dryer was free. As Loretta loaded her clothes, they started talking and he gave her $100 for PHA! All monies received go exclusively to help PHA.


The Best Western in Bemidji also provided lodging to the Stevenson’s for 4 nights. Thank you Best Western!

Keep praying for Don and Loretta as they continue their journey across the US! Loretta drives ahead and arranges lodging for each evening. We thank each place that has provided their stays gratis.

We invite you to go their Donate page and help Don reach his goal for this walk by donating what you can to PHA. Thank you! Click here for the link.

The Pacing Parson Walks With A Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

On Saturday, July 11th, Don was privileged to walk with Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Clint Romesha who resides in Minot, ND. Here’s some details of that walk:

gI_143712_Don StevensonMedal of Honor Recipient Clint Romesha walks with 79-Year-old ‘Pacing Parson’ Through Minot, ND on his Cross-Country Walk for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association


Here’s a video of Don and Clint Romesha walking together in Minot, ND. from the NBC affiliate, KFYR in Bismark, ND.

Another video from CBS affiliate KXNews:

KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Don’s In North Dakota!

Yesterday Don was in Williston, ND where he was interviewed by a reporter for the Williston Herald. Click here for the interview:


‘Pacing Parson’ hoofs it through Williston on crusade against pulmonary hypertension

Photo by Elizabeth Hackenburg





Keeping On Schedule!

Don is making great headway and keeping up with his schedule! He stopped in Malta on Monday, the 29th and was interviewed by the newspaper, Phillips County News. Here is the link to read the article: ‘Pacing Parson’ appears in Phillips County.

On Tuesday, I spoke with Don and he was enjoying dinner with his great friend, Gary Pederson of Edgewood, WA who met him along the way. Here’s a picture of Don in Glasgow, MT.

Don in MT



(picture of courtesy of Gary Pederson)

Media Attention While Walking in Montana

Here’s a video from KPAX the CBS affiliate in Missoula interviewing Don on his walk. Share it with your friends!


Here’s some media photos we found as Don is walking through Montana. These were taken in Kalispell, MT.

557f0863c97de.image557f0864d2643.imageBrenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake | Posted: Monday, June 15, 2015 11:16 am

Don Stevenson, The “Pacing Parson,” makes his way along U.S. 2 on Monday morning, June 15, in Evergreen. Stevenson, a former United States Marine, is walking from Auburn, Washington to Silver Springs, Maryland for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. (Brenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake)  



8072674_GPhoto credit: Dax VanFossen

Where’s Don Now?

Webmaster: I spoke to Don today and he is currently in Havre, MT. Don & Loretta are doing fine and enjoying the walk so far. They have encountered wind mostly and have rested at various stops along the way. I’ll be posting a map so you can see their progress! Go to the main menu on the first page & you can see the map!

They stayed at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Havre, MT last night and the hotel graciously gave them a complimentary stay. We want to especially thank them! Here’s a link so you can book your stay with them if you’re traveling through and give them a thank you for helping our travelers.

AmericInn Lodge Haver MT

Click here for more info on the AmericInn Lodge!

Stevenson Officially Begins Benefit Walk Tuesday – Auburn Reporter Article

By the Reporter Staff

Don Stevenson, Auburn’s man of sole, is about to launch his latest long-distance dedication.

Stevenson, The Pacin’ Parson, plans to walk 3,000 miles across America – from Auburn to Silver Springs, MD – to raise funds and awareness for pulmonary hypertension (PH), a high-blood pressure disease that affects the heart and lungs.

The walk officially begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 from the steps of Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St. Supporters are welcome to attend.

The 79-year-old Stevenson hinted last year at retirement from cross country walks after completing a 20,000 -mile trek to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society last year. But the former Marine, pastor, teacher, truck driver and firefighter has decided to walk the long road again.

Read the rest of the article on page 10 here: Auburn Reporter Green Edition, June 5 2015

Here’s a video from the Launch Day!

Thoughts and Musings #6 – Prejudice

It takes lots of energy to be prejudiced,

jealous, hateful, vengeful, and envious.  All of those vices not only drain the soul, they also poison it and plague the mind and body.  On the other hand, love, compassion, forgiveness, and honesty take little energy and at the same time enhance life and increase peace and joy.

Thoughts and Musings #5 – Feel Awe

A man amongst his peers feels secure;

a teacher amongst his pupils feels superior; a citizen in the midst of a bustling, over-crowded metropolis feels vulnerable, a person at the bottom of the Grand Canyon feels overwhelmed; and a man, alone, under the stars feels awe—awe for the One who created it all.

Thoughts and Musings #4 – Sing A Song

It’s virtually impossible to sing

an inspiring song, or whistle a happy tune, or think a joyful thought, and be depressed at the same time.