He's walking to raise awareness for organ donation and in honor of his donor, a 20-year-old man who lost his life in a car accident, Shimandle walked through rain, sleet, and even a blizzard; sometimes sleeping in a rigged-up hammock, and says it's all worth it.
Shimandle says, "This is a wonderful place to be sharing and enjoying and celebrating my one-year heart transplant anniversary; that trek that I made from the Cleveland Clinic to this moment has been truly, truly a blessing."
While in Washington, Shimandle plans to meet with Ohio senators about organ donation. He'll also have them sign a flag which he will present to his donor family when he returns to Ohio.
He's had people he's met along the way also sign it and has about 400 signatures.