Oklahoma Veteran Walking 60 Miles To Raise Money For Teacher Battling Cancer

Friday, September 24th 2021, 5:28 pm
By: Matt Rahn

An Oklahoma veteran is walking dozens of miles, from Claremore to Copan, to raise money for a teacher who has cancer.

"The walk, the talk, the people, the waving, everybody's that's been waving, the honking, that's been great," said Navy Veteran Dewayne Bryan.

He has been walking since 6:30 a.m. Friday morning. This is day two of a 60-mile trek from Claremore to his hometown, Copan.

"Well, I started off about 17 minutes a mile and when I got to Nowata last night, I think I was at about 30 minutes a mile, maybe a little more," said Bryan.

Bryan said walking miles and miles all the way from Claremore has been tough, but he said it's a worthy cause.

His goal is to raise money for Megan Ursey, a teacher from Texas who’s battling cancer.

"I just heard about her complications with medical expenses associated with cancer and she's one person out of the hundreds and thousands that have to deal with the turmoil of cancer and just decided I can do something about that," he said.

When he found out Ursey was a special education teacher, he got the idea to also donate money to Copan High School's Special Ed Program.

"Public schools are always looking for money, needing money every which way we can, and him calling us and wanting to donate half of this to the school is just perfect,” said Principal Jerry Werts.

Werts joined Bryan for part of the walk Friday. He said Bryan is always trying to help others.

"Likes to do things for people in the community, and in this case out of state even, this lady's from Texas. He's got a big heart and we need more of that," Werts said.

Bryan hopes to get to Copan Friday night around 8 p.m. Then he'll get ready for a music and BBQ event he's holding this Saturday.

To learn more about how you can donate to Ursey or Copan High School, you can call (918) 740-3433 or email bryan.services13@gmail.com.