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RICHMOND, Va. -- A man who has been walking from South Florida to Washington DC on foot to raise awareness for childhood obesity, made his way through Richmond Monday.

Dahrnaz Tigner said he is making the 1300 mile trip for the cause that’s near and dear to his heart.

Tigner said he wanted to do something to help his sister who struggles with childhood obesity. As a way to help, Tigner said he researched the issue.

“While I was doing my research I realized how big of a problem is was and I realized I just couldn’t do something to inspire her, I had to inspire all children struggling,” he said.

Dahrnaz Tigner

Dahrnaz Tigner

He also started the Walk of Hearts to help fight to overcome childhood obesity.

One of his biggest inspirations was First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign.

Tigner said his journey, which started in June, has taken him through multiple states and temperatures from up to 110 degrees.

He said he’s received great feedback from people asking to taking pictures and asking to hear his story.

As for the children, Tigner said he believes his walk will help.

“When they see someone walking 1300 miles just for them, they feel as if they can go outside and play for 30 minutes of the day,” he said.

“I definitely want kids to realize they can live the lifestyle they want as long as they’re willing to work hard and play for it.”

Dahrnaz Tigner

Dahrnaz Tigner

One of his brothers, Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jabari Price joined him for the first part of the journey. Now his older brother, who is a National Guard Reservist, is walking with him.

He said he hopes the First Lady will join him for his last few hundred steps as he finishes his 1300 mile mission later this week.

If you would like to keep track of Tigner’s progress or donate to his cause, visit his Facebook page or website.