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Fundraiser started for man who walks 17 miles for work

Donte Franklin puts on his back pack as he prepares to walk home after he's completed his shift. Franklin walks 17 miles round trip to get to and from work. (KOCO Photo via CNN Newsource)

MOORE, Oklahoma (KOCO) — A young Oklahoma man is getting noticed and going viral after people found out he walks nearly 17 miles for work.

Donte Franklin says he’s just happy to have a job and is willing to do anything to help his family.

“My mom had passed away when I was 16, so it was kind of hard for me,” Franklin said.

Franklin said life hasn’t always been a clear path for him after his mom died and his siblings raised him.

“I had to be positive,” he said. “I had to grind to make a better me, to make my momma happy.”

To achieve those goals, Franklin put one foot in front of the other – literally.

“I have to walk 2 hours and 26 minutes. That’s 8.6 miles,” he said.

That’s just from his house to work. Then, after a full shift, Franklin turns around and walks back for a total of 16 to 17 miles.

“That’s 5 hours and 15 minutes altogether,” he said.

While walking to his job Tuesday as a cook at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Moore, a man stopped him.

“He asked if I needed and ride, and I was like, ‘Yeah,'” Franklin said.

The man was so inspired by Franklin’s story he created a GoFundMe page to help him get back on his feet.

“It makes me want to keep grinding so I can help other people like they are helping me,” Franklin said.

He said he’s studying to become a welder and just needs more money to continue to help his family, even if it means hiking to work in scorching temperatures.

“I just got to keep going, keep going. It’s all going to pay off in the end,” Franklin said.

Anyone who would like to donate to the GoFundMe page helping Franklin can do so here.

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