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Fundraising campaign gets car for man who walks 21 miles to work

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James Robertson and his new car. Photo: NBC James Robertson and his new car. Photo: NBC
DETROIT, Mich. -

After James Robertson's aging Honda gave out on him a decade ago, the 56-year-old factory worker from Detroit began trekking 21 miles and to and from work every day. But now, thanks to his story going viral on the Internet, he gets to roll into work in style.

When 19-year-old Evan Leedy heard Robertson's story, he was moved to start a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe, which has now raised over $300,000 in four days — but that money will not be spent on his new fully-loaded 2015 Ford Taurus, which is being donated by Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights.

Robertson's story has also inspired discussion to improve public transportation across metro Detroit.

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