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Double Lung Transplant Recipient Finishes 214-Mile Trek

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A man who received a double lung transplant completed a 214-mile trek through Michigan. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

A man who received a double lung transplant completed a 214-mile trek through Michigan. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A recipient of a double lung transplant has completed a 214-mile trek across Michigan.

MLive.com reports 27-year-old Kyle Bailey arrived Sunday in the West Michigan community of Muskegon, three days after leaving Port Huron. Bailey has cystic fibrosis. Before the transplant in June 2011 he found it difficult to even walk across a room, let alone pound the pavement for miles.

As the Port Huron man watched the sun begin to set over Lake Michigan, he said: “Oh, it is gorgeous.”

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports the idea for the walk was to raise money and awareness for Gift of Life, Michigan’s organ and tissue donation program, as well as the battle against cystic fibrosis.

Before the trek, Bailey said he “wanted to give back” after his transplant.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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