$185K Raised for Man Who Walks 21 Miles to Work
Detroit Free Press story on James Robertson proves life-changing
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2015 12:29 PM CST
In this Jan. 29, 2015, photo, James Robertson, 56, of Detroit, walks toward Woodward Avenue.   (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – The Detroit Free Press ran a front-page story this weekend about a man who walks 21 miles a day to and from work—and it's proving both the power of the press and the warmth of the human heart. The story caught the attention of a student at Wayne State University, and now, James Robertson can buy a lot more than just a car, the Free Press reports. Evan Leedy, 19, started a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for Robertson which has now raised more than $185,000 (and counting). The two men met at a bar last night, where they were interviewed. "I'm always going to be in your debt; I will never forget this," Robertson said. But he also noted: "I gotta say, this is Detroit, this is how people are in Detroit. They say Los Angeles is the city of angels. That's wrong. Detroit is the real city of angels."