20140327 - Lou Ness (KG) - nwherald

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Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com

Lou Ness of Woodstock talks with Buddhist monk Bhante Sumana inside the Blue Lotus Temple Thursday, March 27, 2014. Ness is walking from Rockford to Washington D.C. spending the night in various places such as the Blue Lotus Temple along the way for Hear Our Cry – a quest to carry the stories of society’s neediest adults and children to the nation’s capital. "I believe god is calling me to carry this message," said Ness. She begins her 750 plus mile trip on April 1, and plans to walk 15-20 miles per day with an estimated arrival date in the third week of May.