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    Default Detroit man walks 21 miles to work every weekday for 10 years

    This story makes me tear up. Talk about a hardworking man.

    Donations pour in for Detroit man who walks 21 miles for his daily commute

    By Jethro Mullen and Stephanie Gallman, CNN

    Updated 2:42 PM ET, Tue February 3, 2015

    There are tiring commutes. And then there's James Robertson's commute.

    The 56-year-old Detroit man walks 21 miles every weekday as part of his journey to and from the factory where he works.



    James Robertson, far right, walks 21-miles to and from work each day. Monday, along with friend Blake Pollack, Robertson met Evan Leedy, who helped raise more than $200,000 for him to buy a new car.

    "I never thought anything I did would garner this much attention," Robertson told CNN.

    Robertson takes the bus some of the way, but for the past decade, ever since his car broke down, he has trudged the better part of a marathon each workday. Rain, snow or shine.

    After reading about Robertson's commute in aDetroit Free Press article from over the weekend, college student Evan Leedy was moved. Like Robertson, the 19-year-old lives and works in two different counties, so he spends a great deal commuting himself. Only Leedy has a car.

    Leedy decided to set up an online fundraiser to buy Robertson a new car.

    "My first car cost $3,000," Leedy said, "So I set the goal at $5,000. Within an hour, we'd raised $2,000."

    Leedy's fundraiser on GoFundMe has blown past its original goal, reaching a total of more than $215,000 Tuesday.

    'A true American hero'

    Comments on the page from people donating money suggested that the story of Robertson's dedication to getting to work had tapped into a deep well of public feeling.

    "Thank you for inspiring me and hopefully tons of other people to persevere in the face of adversity," said a contributor by the name of Kevin LeMelle. "You are a true American hero."

    "We could use more men like James Robertson in this world," wrote a donor named Betty Blanchard.

    Blake Pollack identifies with the strangers' words of support. He first spotted Robertson during his own work commute route a year and a half ago.

    "Climbing over snow banks, when it was pouring down rain in the summer," Pollack said, "Whatever the weather, he was there."

    Pollack approached Robertson, who told the financial executive his story. Pollack promised to give him a ride the next time he saw him.

    "Two to three months later, I saw him on a corner," Pollack remembered, "And I asked if he needed a ride to work."

    Pollack estimates he's given Robertson between 40 and 50 rides since then, and the two men from vastly different worlds have formed an unlikely friendship.

    The pleasure, Pollack said, has been all his.

    'I set our attendance standard by this man'

    "I'm the lucky one," Pollack said. "Driving him around isn't a chore, it's a reward."

    Pollack said Robertson is "inspirational" and "funny," adding that his work ethic puts anyone to shame.


    James Robertson.

    "I set our attendance standard by this man," Todd Wilson, plant manager at the engineering factory, told the newspaper. "I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I'll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can't get here -- bull!"

    Robertson apparently has perfect attendance record. He earns $10.55 an hour -- not enough to save up to buy, insure and operate a car in the city, according to the newspaper.

    With the online donations nearing $200,000, Robertson, Pollack and Leedy met together for the first time Monday night. The overwhelming support has extended beyond money -- and several car dealerships have offered to give him a vehicle outright.

    "Now that [the effort] is so big, there's so much more to think about," Leedy said.

    There are, unfortunately, people who want to take advantage of Robertson's newfound celebrity and his generosity, Pollack said. He put together a team that includes an attorney from a large law firm in Michigan, a CPA and a certified financial planner that he says will ensure the donation money is handled appropriately and in a way that best serves Robertson.

    "This money that is being given to him -- he earned every penny of it," Leedy said, just by his worth ethic and his attitude.

    He's been making the arduous 21-mile journey from Detroit to Rochester Hills since his 1988 Honda Accord gave up on him.

    The donations mean that Robertson's mode of transportation will likely soon be changing, and without the long commute, he'll probably be getting a lot more sleep. But he loves where he works, so he has no plans to change much else.

    "I can't imagine not working," Robertson told CNN. "It's what I've always done."

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    God bless him!
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    10.5 miles each way I'm assuming? Damn. Where does he work that he loves it so?

    I complained about taking the bus and it was practically doorstep-to-doorstep, 2 blocks max to the bus stop.

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    This^^. When I took the bus it was right in front of my house and two blocks from work, and I HATED it!!

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    Yep. I also feel like a total princess pussy after reading his story.
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    He walks 8 miles in the morning, and 13 at night to a different bus station. Detroit to Rochester Hills is no small distance either; I would hate to have to drive it every day.
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    It says 21 miles to and from work. So 42 miles round trip?

    Glad he's getting some help with managing the money. Hate to see the guy get taken advantage of. Oh, and I hope he gets a raise. How does he even live on peanuts like that?

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    I am glad he is getting a car.

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    So much respect for this man. That is an amazing work ethic and it's awesome that it's being recognized! He sounds like a humble, wonderful person.

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    The donations equal almost 10 years of income. This is a great story.
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