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150 mile trek raises awareness for a cause

Posted at 11:25 AM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 17:50:39-04
One man is trekking 150 miles to raise awareness for people that do not have medical insurance. Santiago Nieto is a volunteer for the non-profit foundation Cirugia sin Fronteras or Surgery Without Borders-located in Bakersfield.
 
"I'm doing a 150 mile walk from the offices of CSF foundation all the way to  downtown Los Angeles", said Nieto.
 
CSF foundation provides free medical surgeries to people without insurance. It's operated entirely by volunteer doctors and hospital staff. The foundation has helped people in Bakersfield and other parts of the U.S., including Tampa, Arizona and Texas.
 
"If you keep a community healthy, it is a rich community, it is a healthy community, said Dr. Jorge A. Enriquez, CSF President.
 
Nieto says the walk is important to help a community in need. 
 
"People are dying just because they don’t have medical insurance and that’s not fair and that’s not humane”, said Nieto.
 
Nieto has a support team behind him and a doctor will follow him along the way. He started his 5-day journey from Bakersfield this morning and plans to walk-30 miles to Tejon by the end of today.  
 
For more information on ways to donate visit:Cirugia Sin Fronteras