Many people whine about their daily commute to work. Whether you have to endure the bus or drive in rush hour traffic, it can be a burden on most of us.
But not for 61-year-old Steven Simoff, who walks a whopping 35 miles to work every day in order to support his sick wife.
Steven is an overnight caretaker at the Lakeside Casino in Osceola, Iowa and leaves at 3.30pm every day so he can arrive in time for his shift at 11pm.
But he doesn’t moan about his gruelling commute, as he insists providing for his family is the most important thing to him.
His wife, Renee, who he shares a home with in Davis City with their 22-year-old grandson, suffered a stroke nine years ago and has since suffered from regular heart attacks rendering her unable to work.
Money is tight, he told the De Moines Register:
First of all, when you got a family, and you’ve got a job, you’ve got to be able to support your family. And you’ve got to keep your job — the most two important things I can think of.
The family can’t afford to live closer to Steven’s work, nor can they afford to fuel his 2002 Ford Windstar minivan.
Fortunately, three out of five days Steven can catch a lift which means he only has to walk a total of sixteen miles, but it’s still a gruelling task.
If I don’t get to work, bills don’t get paid. As long as my two feet are good and my health is good, I don’t think I’ll change.
What a man. We hope he can soon afford to run his own vehicle. He definitely deserves it.