It was a long recovery and months before Homsey could walk again. Bed ridden and healing for several months, Steve reflected. He wanted to turn this negative experience into a positive one.
He decided to walk across the country for charity.
“I couldn’t take that fall and not do something positive with it,” he said.
Steve had been enjoying the Boston skyline from a roof deck when he was accidentally locked out. Being, in what he considered, pretty good condition and confident in his physical abilities, he began to descend a drainage pipe on the side of the building. After a couple floors the pipe separated leaving Steve with a 40-plus foot fall.
On May 10, 2011 - the anniversary of his fall - Homsey embarked on a cross-country journey from Boston, Massachusetts to San Diego, California. This 3,400 mile, 170-day long journey will raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. Homsey says he wants the walk to inspire others, and will document his journey on tape which he will produce into a documentary about his experience and about the disease.
“During these months I had a great amount of frustration with the inability to do what I normally could do. Even the smallest tasks could not be performed,“ he said
Steve chose MS because of his experience with immobility rising from his fall. Once the doctors had finished their evaluations he knew he was going to recover. But the thought that he easily could have been left immobilized, or even have died lead him to think, “what if?” He learned about MS. How some with the disease can enter what seems like a permanent remission, while others continue to relapse. How some can be temporarily or permanently faced with varying symptoms from numbness in a limb to loss of use in a certain body part or worse.
“I felt like I could relate to the sudden drastic change in lifestyle and how it tolls not only on you but your family and friends,” Homsey said. “It strains on financial reserves and mental health. For these reasons I feel like I can relate, to some degree, with those who are suffering from MS.”
Homsey’s new charity, “Steps for MS,” will raise awareness about the disease, accept donations to fund the making of the documentary, to fund research and hopefully, an eventual cure for MS. He will make frequent stops to interview individuals battling MS, their families, and various doctors and specialists along his route. Homsey hopes this walk will expose the disease that has hit nearly 400,000 Americans.
“I hope to find a couple of families who are really struggling because of MS and with the documentary get them the help they need,” Homsey said.
Homsey will carry with him the necessary equipment, food, and beverage and he plans to pick up a few items, such as a tent, as he gets further west.
As of the last update to the press release, Homsey was in Southern most western part of Virginia. He has walked over 800 miles and will be continuing South into Alabama, where he will turn to the west.
To find a day to day blog, pictures, videos, a complete route and tracking of this walk, more information about Steps for MS, or to make a donation or offer your support visit: www.steps4ms. org. If you live along the route and would be willing to provide Steve with a place to stay, please contact him at stephen@steps4ms. org.