"Happiness Coach" Walking Through NC on Way To D.C.

A Florida man is in our state right now walking to Washington D.C.

Eddy Rodriguez says he's walking the eastern seaboard simply for a laugh.

We caught up with him in Plymouth, Washington County Tuesday morning. At each stop he pulls out kangaroo exercise shoes and tries to catch people's attention.

After a cerebral hemorrhage, and then dealing with the death of his daughter, Rodriguez says it's now his mission to make people smile. "I found out what life is truly about. It's not about the things that we have. It's about who we are and how we can help others. And that made me want to go out and walk across America and say, you know what America? Life is beautiful."

The self proclaimed happiness coach says this North Carolina heat isn't getting him down. He says it gives him even more reason to try to get a smile out of people out working in the heat.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 03:23 AM
    It's nice to read a positive story for a change. I wish him luck in this heat. Stay safe.
  • by Jennie Location: Williamston, NC on Jul 13, 2011 at 02:43 AM
    I met him at the hotel I work at while he was staying here in Williamston. Very friendly man and I applaud him on his cause!
  • by Eric Location: http://thisisagoodsign.com on Jul 12, 2011 at 08:28 PM
    Good Job Eddie!!!! Almost there :)
  • by Mom of 2 on Jul 12, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    Just saw him on Saturday on Hwy 17 near Williamston. I noticed him when I saw his bouncy shoes and pointed them out to my kids.
  • by Edward Location: Phymouth NC on Jul 12, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    Thank you Dave, I've really enjoyed being here in Plymouth. Diane Sottilare the manager at The Holiday Inn Express and Mayor Brian A. Roth have made me feel right at home and have made my stay very special! I look forward to spending more time here spreading smiles where ever I go!
  • by Forrest Gump Location: Greenbow, Alabama on Jul 12, 2011 at 07:50 PM
    I just felt like run-ning.
  • by stacey pippin Location: williamston on Jul 12, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    met him on Friday and it was truely amazing at his inspiration and his abblities. He surley made us smile at the fire station and in this heat and economy that is hard to do. Good luck to him and may god bless every person he touches with his smile.

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