Lee Thornquist is coming through Door County to make something good out of unemployment and the loss of his grandmother. The Chicago area native is making a 1,100-mile run around Lake Michigan to raise money for Alzheimer's Disease research. Thornquist started his trek last Sunday at Chicago's Theater on the Lake and is scheduled to arrive in Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday, March 23rd. Between being laid-off from his travel industry job and the death of his grandmother, Harriet, last September, Thornquist, and his family decided the timing was perfect for a new challenge to honor Harriet.
Thornquist set a goal of raising $25,000 through free-will offerings along his route. However, friends, family, and other donors helped him reach that goal before he took a single step on his trek. So with an RV for overnight camping trailing him, and the website “runninglakemichigan.com” tracking his progress, Lee Thornquist is looking to continue his fundraising efforts. He's also finding much support from people who know the struggle he and his family have faced.
While Lee Thornquist is dedicating his run around Lake Michigan to his grandmother's life, he believes divine intervention with prodding from Harriet is helping move his journey forward.
Thornquist hopes to complete his Lake Michigan run by returning home to Chicago by April 18th. He asks anyone who'd like to donate to click on to his website www.runninglakemichigan.com or if you happen to see him and his RV when you're out you can scan the QR code decal and make your donation through your smartphone.