Man walking to raise money for St. Jude hit by truck, keeps trekking

A local 85-year-old man walking 500 miles to raise money for St. Jude was hit by a pickup truck Tuesday on Route 37, north of Cypress, Illinois.

We introduced you to Dean Troutman on Sunday. He was on his way to Memphis, Tennessee, from Princeville, Illinois, to help raise money for the children at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Troutman tells us Wednesday that he is OK. He says the man driving the pickup truck told him he was reaching for a cigarette he dropped and drove off the road.

Troutman says the pickup truck hit his yellow cart and knocked his right knee. The cart was knocked into the middle of the highway. Troutman says he was 7 or 8 feet off the highway on the shoulder, but he understands accidents happen.

The man drove him to Carbondale, Illinois, to buy a new cart. Johnston County sheriff’s deputies drove him to Vienna and got him a hotel room to stay the night in. This morning, they took him to a hospital there. 

Troutman says the doctor recommended he get an X-ray, but he said he needed to keep walking. He’s got an X-ray order with him in case his knee starts feeling too bad while he is on the road.

He tells us his knee hurts when he bends it, but if he keeps walking, its okay. He says the pain he feels is nothing compared to what children at St. Jude feel.

Troutman was dropped off back by Cypress Wednesday and walked about 12 or 13 miles, making it Olmstead, Illinois. He hopes to make it on his route to Kentucky by Friday.

The 85-year-old says he’s glad people are inspired by him, but hopes they’re inspired enough to donate.

He’s trying to raise $100,000 for St. Jude.

If you’d like to donate to help him reach that goal, visit the donation page of Troutmans Trek 2 Memphis.

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