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Erik Bendl of Louisville, Ky., pushes a giant globe with his companion, Nice, as they walk west Tuesday along Highway 10 near Glyndon. Bendl is walking across the country to raise awareness for diabetes and to encourage people to get healthy through walking. "Love yourself, enjoy life and get out and walk," Bendl said as he battled the windy weather. Bendl is blogging his journey at www.worldguy.org. David Samson / The Forum

Man pushing giant globe across country to raise awareness for diabetes

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GLYNDON, Minn. - It's not every day you see a man walking with a 6-foot globe and a dog tethered to his waist.

But Erik Bendl and his canine companion, Nice, have a healthy cause.

With more than 3,000 miles of roadway in 26 states under his feet, Bendl is making his fifth cross-country trip in hopes of educating people about diabetes, a disease that killed his mom when she was 54.

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