'World guy' walks for diabetes awareness (VIDEO, SLIDESHOW)

Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

“I think this is great,” Wilson said.

He said his mother had been diagnosed with diabetes but was able to manage her condition with diet and exercise, and he knew a child who was recently diagnosed with the disease.

Bendl’s cheeks were rosy in the brisk wind Sunday as he stood next to the world with his walking stick to chat with Wilson. His face is lightly lined from weathering the elements over the years.

He described one particularly harrowing day in Nebraska with 40-mile-per hour winds blowing hard in his face making it difficult to push the world forward.

Ice is another obstacle. It quickly tatters the canvas wrapped around the ball.

Bendl inherited the ball from a friend who worked at a school in the late 1990s and he estimates that it’s over 30 years old.

“It had been retired from the school system long before I met it,” he said.

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