Bill Holden (schoolteacher)

Bill Holden (Schoolteacher)

Bill Holden (schoolteacher)

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Bill Holden (born 1948 in Elgin, Illinois), is a teacher who embarked on a 2,100 mile (3,400 km) walk, from Arizona to Chicago, during 2005, hoping to raise $250,000 dollars to be donated to the American Diabetes Association so that a cure for juvenile diabetes can be found. Holden made national headlines with his walk.


Bill Holden grew up at the beginning of the television era in the United States. His father was a die-hard baseball fan. In 1957, Holden had his first in-person baseball experience, going to a Chicago Cubs home game. Holden became a lifetime Cubs fan instantly.

Ron Santo became Holden's favorite player.

Holden has followed the Cubs his whole life since seeing them play in person for the first time. He chose to become a teacher instead of a baseball player, however, and, in 1966, he enrolled at Southern Illinois University, graduating with a degree in pedagogy in 1970.

Holden got his first job as a teacher in 1973. He has been working as a teacher since. He became interested in teaching Native American children, so, after many years teaching in the Illinois public schools system, he relocated to Camp Verde, Arizona. At Camp Verde, he became aware of the alarming incidence of diabetes among Indian children. He started teaching groups of children that suffered from the disease.

On New Year's Eve 2004, his son presented him with the docu-film This Old Cub, based on Santo's experience as a diabetic player in MLB. After watching the film seven times before...
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