One Man. One Heart.
Last Thursday, February 17, Princeville High School hosted a Community Coffee and send-off assembly preceding Dean Troutman’s departure to Yoakum, Texas. Students, business owners, and community members gathered together to show support for Mr. Troutman and raise awareness for his third trek. $758 was raised in donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
An assembly in the school gym followed the Community Coffee. Students involved in Mr. Troutman’s marketing team gave speeches, took selfies, showed a video, and encouraged the student body and community members to spread the word about Troutman’s Trek 3 and promote it on social media.
Dean’s mission and selflessness touched the hearts of many at the send-off. “Dean’s an inspiration to the community,” sophomore Alyssa Headley remarked following the assembly. “He shows us that even though we’re a small town we can still make a difference.”
Written by Mass Communications student Emily Green
Troutman will leave Yoakum, Texas on February 28 to begin his walking trek home. Thank you to all who attended the coffee!
Starting on February 28th, Dean Troutman will be walking from Texas all the way to Illinois to help raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital. Thus far, Troutman has already walked a total of 1,200 miles on two different treks. The first walk he took was around the south end of Illinois. He raised almost $70,000 for a park he was creating in the memory of his late wife, Peggy. The next year he walked from Illinois to Memphis, Tennessee to raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital. He succeeded in raising $12,000.
This is Troutman’s third walk. This year he plans on walking 1,200 miles, an average of 15 miles a day, for the sake of St. Jude’s. However, he wants this walk to be even more special. He wants schools to get involved as well. At home base, the local high school is in charge of getting the word out by creating websites, making flyers, calling sponsors, and contacting other schools. Dean Troutman will also be stopping at these schools along the way to talk about what he is doing and try to get them involved in raising money too.
“I've have people tell me I’m crazy. Well, maybe I am. You don’t have to be crazy to do this, but it sure helps. What else can I do? I’m too old to do anything else. I’m getting to the point where there is a million things I can’t do, but I can still do this," Troutman says.