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DETROIT, MI (FOX) - A fifty-six year-old Detroit man's commute may be changing in a big way since his car broke down a decade ago.

James Robertson walks twenty-one miles every day to and from work.

The unimaginable journey hasn't stopped Robertson from maintaining a perfect attendance record at work.

Fundraising efforts for Robertson to purchase a new car got started on go-fund-me-dot-com.

As of early Tuesday morning (2/3), more than one hundred fifty thousand dollars has been raised for Robertson’s goal.

Robertson and Blake Pollock -- the man who sometimes drives Robertson -- joined "FOX and Friends" to talk about the fundraising efforts.

Robertson says "..I haven't had a chance to save up for one because I have a lot of other things to take care of.  I take care of my girlfriend, who I live with and I take care of her a lot- she really appreciates a lot but it's been tough."

Pollock says "..I actually met him in the parking lot of my office one day.  I had noticed him walking up and down the road for many months, wondering always what his situation was and I would see him over a six or seven mile stretch of road at various places.  I got a chance to meet him in my office parking lot and talk to him briefly and said d next time I see you I'll give you a ride.  I saw him a couple months later literally standing on a snowbank at a corner and I said to myself well I promised this guy I would give him  a ride- I have too,  So I pulled over and gave him a ride and didn't think he would be as interesting of a person as he is and since then it has been dozens and dozens of rides over the course of the last year and a half or two years that we've spent some quality time together in the car and he is just an amazing person."

Robertson says "..I haven't really figured it out yet. I'll think about it when the time comes but really it has been such a whirlwind ride since this whole thing came out."

Robertson says "..My father was a military man and he was probably the one who influenced me the most out of the two- my mother had a hand in it but he was the one who mostly influenced me.  Growing up though you know, I learned that if I ever thought about throwing it in or complaining about that- something inside me tells me to leave it alone because your girlfriend don't want to hear about it, your friends don't want to hear about it, nobody wants to hear about it, and you have to go out and do it the next day."

College student Evan Leedy created the go-fund-me page.

It initially started off with a goal of five thousand dollars.

To help James, go to:  http://www.gofundme.com/l7girc

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