Two brothers from Sacramento are running to Washington, DC from Parkland, Florida in honor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people on February 14.
“Of course immediately after we found out about the 17 victims who died we wanted to send our thoughts and prayers but after a couple days went by we felt like we needed to do something different,” Isaiah Godby told Circa’s Alix Heines.
My bro and I are currently running from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to Washington DC for “March for our lives” so we can make sure this doesn’t happen again. No one will ever be forgotten (1,060 miles) #Eagles #MSDStrong #MarchForOurLives #NeverAgain @AMarch4OurLives pic.twitter.com/gqTKO4bWIp— Jeremiah Godby (@JGodby6) March 13, 2018
Isaiah 27 and Jeremiah, 24 Godby started their 1,060-mile journey on February 24 and said they’ve walked or run about 40 miles a day for the last month in order to make it to D.C in time for the March for Our Lives.
“One week after later my brother and I saw the Parkland students talking to the President and the way they composed themselves you could hear their passion,” Isaiah continued. “But you could also tell they were scared and standing up and speaking out was a way for them to cope with the loss of their friends and the fear the shooting left them with. They were using this energy to create change.”
The brothers raised over $6,000 to fund their trip and said they planned to donate any money they had left over to the Parkland students organization.
“We came to Florida because we wanted to be Parkland because we felt like we needed to be there physically present,” said Isaiah. “We also wanted to be in DC., so instead of picking which one to go to, we decided to go to both and that’s how we came up with the idea to walk from Parkland to DC for the march.”