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Real-life Forrest Gump to speak at MC tonight

Noah Coughlan, a real-life Forrest Gump, will pass through Monmouth today (Oct. 8) and speak about Batten disease at the Alpha Xi Delta house (833 E. Broadway Ave.) at 6 p.m.
Coughlan is a 29-year-old Napa Police Academy graduate from Vacaville, Calif. In 2011, he became just the 222nd individual to ever run across the U.S., running from the Pacific Ocean in San Diego to the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville, Fla. on the 2011 Run for Research. His cause was to help raise awareness for Batten disease, a rare and terminal brain disease affecting two of his childhood friends, Catie and Annie Allio
Over the years, Coughlan has met more than 40 families dealing with Batten disease and takes time to meet with as many as possible during each run. He will be crossing the Mississippi River earlier in the day and making his way to campus. 
To learn more about Batten disease, visit the Batten Diseases Support and Research Association (BDSRA) website at or the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation website at
Coughlan’s journey can be tracked on Facebook at Details about Coughlan and his causes, including where to donate and his daily blog, are available at