Love Life: An Inspiring Journey Spurred by Tragedy

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It’s hard to miss Steve Fugate’s message as you see him walking, pulling a cart packed with his supplies and water. The message is in bold red letters on a sign mounted over his head. And it’s simple: “LOVE LIFE.” 67-year-old Fugate has been walking across America spreading that message of love from town to town across every state on the mainland. His mission? “To mend the broken heart while it is yet beating.” In 1999, his only son committed suicide while Fugate was in the middle of hiking the Appalachian Trail. And several years later, he lost his daughter in an accidental overdose of drugs that were meant to treat her multiple sclerosis. This news story covers Fugate’s journey and offers a moving glimpse of a man who responded to profound grief with staggering love.