Man plans to run across Grand Canyon to raise money for juvenile diabetes

Although running is a hobby, he wanted to find a way to help kids fighting juvenile diabetes.


A Kansas man set out several years ago to create a walk that raised money for juvenile diabetes. With the last two events going virtual, Hunter Johnson had to get creative with how he raised money.

"I actually don’t really like to run," Johnson said.

He may hate it even more very soon. Johnson is running the Grand Canyon, rim to rim, in one day.

Johnson started running as a hobby during the pandemic. He wanted to find a way to use that hobby to help kids fighting juvenile diabetes. His daughter has type one diabetes, an easy cause for Johnson to choose.

She says it means a lot to her. Although, she hasn’t decided to join him just yet.

"Not really, probably not," 10-year-old Marykate Johnson said, laughing.

Johnson says running the Grand Canyon is going to be different than running these neighborhood streets. He says he has a strategy. He also says he won’t quit, because diabetes patients can never quit.

"They don’t get any time off, you know it’s always... it’s always there," Johnson said

He believes doing the run better helps him understand his daughter’s perspective and struggle. So far, he’s raised more than $9,000 in support of the run.

"It’ll be beautiful, it’ll be incredible," Johnson said.

Johnson will make the trek on Oct. 24.