When a woman needed help battling a terrible illness, her biggest supporter wasn’t a friend or family member—he was a total stranger, making it his mission to make things better.
The incredible journey of Brian Sebok, a 29-year-old construction worker from Netcong, New Jersey, began when he saw a heartbreaking Facebook live video made by Nichole Snyder, a 29-year-old mother from Palmerton, Pennsylvania.
In the video, she tearfully explains that she’s been battling multiple sclerosis. She can no longer walk, and since her home is not wheelchair accessible, she is trapped inside.
“We need help,” Snyder says in the video.
Synder was a complete stranger to Sebok, but while most people would’ve felt sympathy and moved on, Sebok was moved to act.
“She was really upset,” Sebok told Inside Edition. “I thought, ‘I could be a nice guy here. I could walk 300 miles and help raise this money.”
His plan: walk 300 miles across five states, from his home in New Jersey to Boston, along the way raising money for Snyder. He set up a GoFundMe page with an initial goal of $5,000 (which, at the time of this article, it has since surpassed).
Why would he make such a trek for a total stranger? “Just to do a nice thing for a nice person,” Sebok told FOX 61. “Just to show that there is good in this world.”
Snyder got the help she had hoped for—but never thought a stranger would take up such an ambitious cause for her. She didn’t know how to react at first.
“I thought he was fake at first,” Snyder said. “And I mean he is the real deal. And this is going to change my life.”
All the money Sebok raises on his journey will go towards making Snyder’s home accessible including installing a ramp. This will keep her from having to move into a nursing home and let her stay at home with her 7-year-old son.
“That’s why I want to raise up this money,” Sebok said. “Whatever time that he has on this earth, that she can spend it with her son.”
To ensure Synder gets the most money possible, Sebok doesn’t spend much on himself—he even sleeps under bridges and on roadsides. While the trek can be difficult, it’s nothing Sebok can’t handle—or hasn’t done before.
“I’m pushing through it,” he told Inside Edition. “It’s not that bad. I walked across the U.S. last year and at this time I was walking the Mojave Desert, where it was 123 degrees.”
He plans to end his journey in Boston next month, and he’s extended the GoFundMe goal to $10,000. Whatever amount he lands on in the end, he’s managed to change someone’s life forever.