Julie Koski

Walk for the Love – A Walk Across America

Grand Portage residents Julie and Jess Koski and their two dogs left Acadia, Maine on July 7, 2023 toward their final destination in San Diego, California. A journey of 3,400 miles that they are traveling on foot, to raise awareness about accidental death due to opioid overdose–the leading cause of death in the United States for the past three years. WTIP will be checking in with the Koskis along the way, hearing tales from the road and learning more about opioid and drug use here in Cook County, and how harm reduction and access to Narcan can save lives. To learn more about their mission and follow along, visit walkforthelove.com.

This feature is produced by Staci Drouillard for WTIP North Shore Community Radio, with help from the Blandin Foundation.

November 22, 2023
Walk for the Love: Talking Harm Reduction in Central Kansas

Grand Portage residents Julie and Jess Koski are walking across the United States as part of “Walk for the Love,” their effort to raise awareness about the opioid crisis, and how access to Naloxone (Narcan) can save lives. In this two-part segment we catch up with them in central Kansas, over 2,000 miles into their journey.

Jess Koski on the Flint Hills Trail in Kansas, where he walked 30 miles in one day.

Indiana Amish outside Aldi.

In the first segment, Julie explains how harm reduction methods can also save lives, and why it’s an effective way to help people who are caught in a cycle of opioid overuse.

Homes in Gary, Indiana.

Julie and Jess at the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers. 2023

In part two, they share some highlights from the journey, as well as some tough times, and we learn why the opioid Fentanyl is the leading factor of opioid-related drug overdose deaths in the United States.

Find Harm Reduction resources and where you can find Naloxone (Narcan) in your region. Follow along with them at walkforthelove.com

 

September 25, 2023
Walk for the Love – Acadia, Maine to the Wabash Cannonball Trail, Ohio

Grand Portage residents Julie and Jess Koski and their two dogs Izzy and Giizhik, left Acadia National Park, Maine on July 7, 2023 toward their final destination in San Diego, California. A journey of about 3,400 miles that they are traveling on foot, to raise awareness about accidental death due to opioid overdose–the leading cause of death in the United States. WTIP catches up with them on the Wabash Cannonball Trail in Ohio, after they’ve been walking for over ten weeks. To learn more about their mission and follow along, visit walkforthelove.com.

Julie and Jess Koski with their dogs at Winter Harbor in Acadia National Park, Maine.

 

 

Flooding aftermath in Montpelier, Vermont, 2023.

Bethel, VT before the Koskis started on the Erie Canalway Trail across the state of New York.

Erie Canalway Trail, New York State

This feature is produced by Staci Drouillard for WTIP North Shore Community Radio, with help from the Blandin Foundation.