Man Dribbling Soccer Ball from Seattle to Brazil Killed on Freeway

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A Seattle native named Richard Swanson was killed yesterday morning in Lincoln City, Oregon, not long after he started on an epic trek:

The 42-year old graphic designer was trying to dribble a soccer ball from Washington to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup.

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Law enforcement officials report that Swanson was struck around 10 a.m. by a pickup truck along U.S. Highway 101. He was declared dead at the hospital shortly afterward.
Swanson had started breakwaybrazil.com and had engaged on the walk to promote One World Futbol Project, which donates durable blue soccer balls to people in developing countries.
Said Lisa Tarver, COO of that organization, in response to the sad news:
"We are deeply saddened to learn about Richard's death. He was a very inspiring man who in a very short time walked his way into many lives. Our thoughts are with his family."
According to his website, Swanson left Seattle on May 1 and planned to go through 11 countries before making it to Brazil.
Friends are considering a foundation in Swanson's memory that will send his two sons to Sao Paolo for the World Cup, which will be held next summer.
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What a great man. My thoughts and condolences goes out to him and his family....

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His sons are adults, and they will miss him dearly. He had an opportunity to visit one son several days before the accident, in fact. How can so many people be so terribly cruel in online comments about this man's tragic death? He was following his heart. A person can't do some soul-searching at 42? Since when do we stop dreaming and wishing and striving for something exciting in life past a certain age? I rarely comment on online threads, but I found this story to be particularly sad. When I saw the comments here, I was appalled. I only hope nobody speaks the same way about you naysayers when you're gone. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Not all opinions need to be uttered. However, I cannot believe how much cruelty it must take to make such grossly ignorant comments about an innocent person who was killed in an accident.

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so he has two sons but he was going to spend over a year away from them to dribble a ball to Brazil??? basically it was more important for him to donate soccer balls to kids in developing countries than to raise his own children??? i wonder if they're proud of him now!

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he was suffering the ever youthfull syndrom.
...............BUT IT HAS ENDED.