Peoria man Dean Troutman, 90, walks thousands of miles to fight childhood cancer

GOODLAND, Ind. (WLS) — A 90-year-old man from northern Peoria walks more than 3,000 miles to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee.

Dean Troutman started his walk 11 days ago and stopped in Goodland, Indiana on Wednesday. He will run through 16 states including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri.

“If these old legs hold up and the donations keep pouring in to St. Jude, I’m going to continue this circle through 16 states and return home in July or August,” Troutman said.

Troutman said he has a high donation goal of $1 million. So far, he has raised about $16,000.

In his first few days of walking, Troutman has met supporters such as Diane Brinkman.

“It’s great,” Brinkman said. “I don’t know if I could do that at my age, but I give him a lot of credit because it’s quite an achievement, especially at 90 years old.”

This is not Troutman’s first walk, but it is his longest and his last. In 2014, he walked 700 miles around Illinois to raise money for Troutman Park, in memory of his late wife. He raised $70,000 to build a playground for his community.

The following year, Troutman raised $10,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Troutman walked from Princeville, Illinois to Memphis, Tennessee.

So far, Troutman has walked about 150 miles. He said he will continue to walk as long as possible until he reaches his donation goal.
“If the donations keep pouring in and my legs hold up, I’ll continue walking,” he said.

To donate to Troutman’s cause, visit or send donations to St. Jude at:

St. Jude Challenge

Troutman Trek 4
Attn: Alex Fountain
501 St Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

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