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JesseWatch2015: Carey the Fire

What began as a steely test of determination has grown into something much larger, as the minds and hearts of the world entire bend their attention towards the noble plight of one Jesse Carey, the man who has pledged to listen to Nickelback for 168 straight hours for charity. Few could have guessed when his journey began that it would soon become not only a test of endurance, but a symbol for the inexhaustible flame of the human spirit. Buzzfeed has reported on it. So has The Nerdist. So let the child in Brooklyn tend to her studies with just a bit more ardor, knowing that Carey is out there, listening to Nickelback for all of us. Let the shepherd in Ireland put his hand to the plough with just a bit more grace, thinking of the sacrifice being made. Let the people of Japan incline their eyes from their weariness, and find hope in one man’s struggle.

In the meantime, Carey’s Charity:Water donations have soared past his original goal of $5,000 to over $20,000—a testament to what can happen when one man has the courage to face the unknown. His wrestling match with destiny is far from over. The greatest challenge undoubtedly lies ahead, in the steep climb up through the final days of his pilgrimage. But wherever happens from here, Carey is not alone. Indeed, he carries the fate of us all …

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