Painful surgeries, long hospital stays and almost losing his leg as a teenager wasn’t ideal for this weatherman.

 “I know what its like to be a pain cushion and after a few months of getting out and still not knowing if I could walk right again. I totally recovered,” said Justin Berk, television meteorologist.

A recovery that still sticks with him today, and as way to give back Justin decided to trek across Maryland in efforts of raising thousands of dollars for children who need it the most.

 “I started at the Summit of Wisp and hiked and biked roughly 325 miles to the end of Ocean City and the whole purpose is to raise awareness for childhood cancer,” said Berk.

His journey was streamed live through social media to not only update others with his progress but to also connect with people along the way including Donna Larkin who volunteered to join the trip.

 “We wanted to be able to do things for the community. We are loving what we are doing at the store, but being apart of the community and giving back was one of our main goals as well,” stated Donna Larkin, Owner of Tri Sports Junction.

By day three his journey raised over $20,000 and by the end of the week Berk is hoping that number will double.

“The numbers are a reflection of each other and I just wanted to do a reflection back to the 27 bonus years that I had with a healthy leg,” Berk said. 

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