BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT)-A young man in Region 8 is embarking on the journey of a lifetime. Tye Sturgeon and his horse Edward will make a solo ride into 48 lower states to Benefit Western Wishes.
Western Wishes is a non profit organization that grants wishes to kids living with a terminal illness. Tye is only 19-years-old and said he is committed to this project and hopes he is able to make a difference in a child's life.
"I like helping people and originally I just thought it'd be a cool thing to do becoming an open range cowboy, that just sounds great to me and it's been a dream of mine," Sturgeon said.
He will be riding his horse, Edward into 48 states to raise money for a good cause.
"I'm wanting to do this, and do it for these kids and they deserve it and I believe in what I'm doing and I think it can be done," he said.
Tye's mother, Kavonda Sturgeon, said Tye has always had a big heart.
"The first state I'm actually going to other Arkansas is Missouri, from there I'll be going into Illinois and then just heading towards Chicago," Tye said.
He said this is a story he will be able to share with his grandkids.
"It's going to be one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life but I've done as much as I can do to actually prepare myself," Tye said.
The trip will last at least 2 years. Tye hopes people will support his ride every step of the way.
"It's going to be a challenge for him of course, he's going to have to grow up rather quickly being the young man that he is," said friend, Adam Garcia.
To support Tye on his trip, visit www. americawishride.com