By Audrey Posten
For six years Stacie Eichinger has been volunteering with the organization Beads of Courage, which provides arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, as well as their families and the health care providers who care for them. For every procedure a child in treatment receives, there is a very specific bead to go with it.
Three years ago that volunteerism turned into plans to walk across the country, an idea Eichinger, who is from Tucson, Ariz., had fostered since she read Peter Jenkins’ book “Walk across America” in high school.
Eichinger started her walk in Ocean Shores, Wash., on May 8. Her journey will continue through February, when it will end in Savannah, Ga.