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Erik Bendl of Louisville, Ky., walks with his boxer, Nice, along state Highway 200 Wednesday afternoon on his way to the headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park. With his giant six-foot globe, he brings attention to diabetes awareness. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Having a ball: Kentuckian and his dog walking cross country to emphasize dangers of diabetes

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With more than 3,000 miles of roadway in 26 states under his feet, Erik Bendl and his faithful canine companion Nice are on their fifth cross-country trip to bring awareness of the seriousness of diabetes.

He can't be missed along the roadway he has a six-foot-diameter globe tethered to his waist.

According to Bendl, his mother died at 54 in 1977.

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