Steve Fugate the original “LOVE LIFE” guy, began his next long distance walk from Vero Beach, Florida March 23rd at 9 AM. Fugate, who is 66 years-old has already logged over 30,000 miles with his LOVE LIFE sign. His motivation to cross the country 6 times in the past rises from tragedy striking his life. Steve lost his son, Stevie, to suicide at the age of 26. Steve’s first walk was in honor of his son. He carried the LOVE LIFE sign in his effort to, as he says “mend the broken heart while still beating”. Six years, and several thousand miles later tragedy struck once again as he was winding up a walk and learned that his daughter who was suffering with MS had died from an accidental overdose. This time he said he had the answer on the sign above his head LOVE LIFE. It’s not always easy to LOVE LIFE, but Steve is proof that if anyone can face the adversity of losing all of one’s children, as he has, and still love life then it’s possible for anyone.
Steve is inspired to share the love he would otherwise be sharing with his children with the people he meets, many of whom are deeply distressed either at a loss or are considering giving it all up. That is until they see his LOVE LIFE sign and strike up a conversation. He’s had people tell him that he’s come into their lives in person or interviews just as they were in the act of taking their life.