West Virginia University student David Kelch was looking for something challenging and exciting to do this summer. So when the opportunity came about to take part in a nationwide walk to promote a movement he truly cares about, Kelch jumped at the chance.


The secondary education graduate student from Clarksburg is one of 40 people representing 30 colleges and universities walking across the United States to spread the pro-life message.


The walk is sponsored by Crossroads, an organization that strives to spread abortion awareness and promote pro-life activism in communities across the nation.


�€?I was looking for something adventurous to do this summer, and when my friend told me about it, I knew this was something I wanted to do,�€? Kelch said.


The participants are divided into three groups that will walk northern, central and southern routes across the country, finishing with a rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 12. Kelch is leading the central walk which began in San Francisco on May 20.


The groups will each have two support vehicles and one RV to make life on the road a little more comfortable for the travelers. The groups often depend on the kindness of people they meet along the way to support them, either by giving monetary donations for food and supplies or hosting them for the night in their home.


The central route is the only one that will include West Virginia , passing through Brooke County in early August.


At the end of their journey, the average participant will have worn out a pair of shoes and walked close to 1,000 miles.


Kelch said after the chance to spread the pro-life message, he is most excited about seeing the western part of the country.


�€?This is the farthest west I’ve ever been, and I’m excited to see the beautiful scenery,�€? Kelch said. �€?I also see this as a personal growing experience as well as a chance to change people’s hearts.�€?