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Matt Jenkins Runs Barefoot 760 Miles To Raise Awareness About Nonprofits Hurt By Budget Cuts

First Posted: 08/03/10 02:20 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:15 PM ET

Two weeks ago, Matt Jenkins began running barefoot up the coast of North Carolina to raise awareness about nonprofit organizations hit hard by state budget cuts. He plans to run a total of 760 miles by the end of his journey.

Jenkins works for the Western Youth Network, which has lost $200,000 worth of funding from the state government this year.

Jenkins runs an average of 12 to 14 hours a day and plans to arrive at the end of his trip on Friday. His goal is to raise $20,000 in donations for the Western Youth Network and put the spotlight on other nonprofits struggling to find funding.

Donate to the Western Youth Network or learn more about the barefoot runner's cause.

WLOS News reports.

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