Bad news was received before Dan Ross’ Walk for Awareness of the conditions and needs of the youth on Pine Ridge Reservation could begin.
Here is the latest entry from Dan’s journal:
This journey is off to a much more difficult start than expected. I have suffered an overuse injury in my right knee that requires some rest to heal. After seeing my doctor, I am convinced that I must postpone the start of the walk for 2 weeks, otherwise it will plague me for the entire walk, and could even make walking impossible at times. Once it heals, I will have to go nice and easy, walking slowly and controlled so it does not get aggravated. The injury was caused by me increasing my training too rapidly, and walking too hard and fast – I think I was a little too motivated/excited for my own good. In the long run, I think it’s best that it happened before the walk, not during it. This has been incredibly frustrating, but I am just considering it all to be part of the journey – a very difficult part. Think positive thoughts everyone.
Dan is right – it is a minor set back. I agree that it was probably caused by being “too motivated/excited”. That’s the way it is with things sometimes. They are so important to us and we want to do them so well that we overdo it initially.
Dan has a lot of support and I’m sure he will get this project off the ground after his knee heals with a more balanced and moderate pace. I think that is what he was hoping for before all the hype began.
In the meantime, my friends, it gives us time to find more sponsors for Dan’s Awareness Walk. This walk is not just a personal adventure for Dan anymore. It is about raising awareness and funds to promote programs for the youth of Pine Ridge Reservation. So get out there and share – by word of mouth and word of internet. Ask your friends to share, re-tweet and talk about this gift of remarkable generosity and courage. Encourage them to sponsor Dan’s fund-raising by going to ONE Spirit’s website: http://nativeprogress.org to donate. Both PayPal and checks by snail mail work.
Let’s see how much more support we can get for Dan in the next 2 weeks!!