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How I became the famous Johnny The Walker. My Name is Johnny Wowk AKA Johnny The Walker. In the Spring of 1993 I was closing in on 40 years old living in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. In order to lose twenty pounds I started walking the sidewalks through Hamilton/Wenham and Beverly keeping track of my miles. As the years went by I lost weight but started to feel fatigued. It was July of 2000, with 5400 miles under my belt my kidneys were failing and I was put on dialysis. I inherited my father's End Stage Renal Disease. It caused his death in 1961 at the age of 58. Dialysis didn't stop me, I continued walking. I learned that 26 million people in America have Chronic Kidney Disease, thousands are on Dialysis and thousands more in need of and waiting for a kidney transplant. There is no cure. That's when I decided to walk the distance of around the world (24,902 miles) in memory of my dad and promote kidney Disease Awareness. In order to stay healthy I started eating more organic foods. After five years on dialysis I received a kidney transplant at Mass General Boston. With the new kidney I was able to walk further. I would walk around Boston on my appointment days at MGM and around cities and towns on the North Shore of Boston. By the middle of May, 2006, I had walked 9000 miles. The public named me Johnny The Walker. I continued waking the streets, Malls, and Planet Fitness treadmill with end stage renal disease stage 5 setting incredible walking records that I still hold to this day. That cadaver kidney lasted eleven years then failed in August of 2016 after getting in 33,872 miles. I went back on dialysis where I remain to this day. Even though I have been plagued by operations, continues surgeries, dialysis, hospital and doctor appointments, I continue walking in memory of my dad, Demetrius, setting walking records along the way. I now hold eight walking records and walked more than 37,165 miles and still walking.

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