'I WON'T BE ALONE': Crestview man's spiritual quest leads to Spanish pilgrimage, scholarship fundraiser

Driver pilgrimage

Jason Driver takes a breather on the front steps of the Crestview First Baptist Church during a practice hike for his pilgrimage in Spain next month. The shell patch with the Cross of St. James on his backpack is a symbol of the Camino de Santiago that Driver will follow, ultimately taking him to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compestela, where he will receive a certificate attesting to his pilgrimage.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 04:32 PM.

CRESTVIEW — If you see Jason Driver hoofing around town with a backpack this weekend, be assured he’s not running away from his Crestview home.

The Crestview man is training for a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a personal journey of introspection that also raises funds for a Florida State University scholarship.

“Picture a pasty, overweight asthmatic who speaks NO Spanish walking a 100-kilometer pilgrimage in northern Spain in the summer,” Driver said.

His brother, Joel, died of cancer in January 2012, but the two often talked of traveling in Europe together.

“After he died, the family came together and started a scholarship in his name at FSU,” Driver said. “I am now trying to raise enough money for a second scholarship in his name.”

Driver has raised a little over $1,200 of the $15,000 goal.

“It won’t all come with this trip, but it’s a start,” he said.

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