The world on a string

Erik Bendl, his dog Nice and the canvas globe

Erik Bendl, his dog Nice and the canvas globe

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 03:26 PM.


Erik Bendl has already saved the world and now he’s got it on a string and on a mission to raise awareness about diabetes.

On Monday, Bendl and his dog, Nice found people waiting for them all along their route as the made their way from One Mile, where Bendl spent Sunday resting and repainting the five-foot, canvas globe he has pushed over 5,000 miles and through 39 states since 2007.

Bendl said he needed to spruce up the world because it got a salty soaking during the first leg of his trip, which began Jan. 2, 2013 when he walked through sloppy snow in Tennessee .

Bendl, who is headed towards Tampa , said this is his ninth walk.

As he eases down the road, surrounded by curious, friendly faces, he tells everyone he meets about the importance of exercise and the hidden dangers of diabetes, the disease that took his mother at only 56 years of age in 1987.

Born Gerta Koperek, she lived in Pennsylvania until 1962, when she and husband Richard Bendl moved to Louisville , Ky , where Bendl organized a group of neighborhood women to challenge the school board and to work on the problem of flood control.

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