LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Texas State Guard Captain Allen Rush is walking from Lufkin to Conroe for two reasons: One, to raise awareness about the Texas State Guard; and two, to raise money for the Jack Wilson Foundation which supports Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease).
Rush has been training for this journey since January.
"At least two miles everyday, and then about every other day - another three to five miles," said Rush.
Starting April 15th, he will spend four and a half days walking the 105 miles from Lufkin to Conroe.
"It just kind of made sense that we would link Medical Brigade with a charity that's raising funds for medical research," said Rush.
Rush is apart of the Tyler Medical Response Group in the State Medical Brigade of the state guard. The walk is part of an effort to raise money for the Jack Wolf Foundation. It's a cause close to his heart.
"My niece's son was born with brittle bone disease. he survived to five weeks old before he lost his fight," said Rush.
Most babies with the genetic disease don't make it to term, according to Lufkin Pediatrician Dr. George Fidone. He says for the ones who make it through delivery, they'll face struggles.
"Children that are born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta have defects in either producing to how they process collagen leading to multiple fractures, excessive joint flexibility," said Dr. Fidone.
You need collagen to make bones strong and firm.
The first 20 mile leg of Allen Rush's journey takes him out of Lufkin on highway 94, through Hudson, and ending past Apple Springs.
Although nervous about so many miles of walking, Captain Rush says donations to the Jack Wolf Foundation have a national, regional and local reach.
"One is for research for Osteogenesis Imperfecta... and At Dennman Avenue Baptist Church in Lufkin which serves parents who have lost their children," said Rush.
With just days to go before he embarks, Rush hopes East Texans will learn more about the Jack Wolf Foundation, and his walk, on this website.