Woman's cross-country walk ends on Jekyll, raises awareness for crisis response nonprofit

Jan. 25—Michelle Everett had tears in her eyes as she walked the final three miles onto Jekyll Island and stepped into the Atlantic Ocean, ending a journey that stretched thousands of miles and across nine states.

The Washington state resident felt many emotions as she completed her walk across America with her dog, Kip. But there was a noted absence at her side.


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