As Sheryl brings Walking With America across the country, every day brings new opportunities to meet incredible, unique, and inspiring people along the way.

Uniquely, this “On the Road” segment introduces a brand-new friend, team member, and walker. Xavier is joining Sheryl on her epic journey, supporting the mission of WWA with every step—to live happier, healthier lives.

Walking With America is both proud and pleased to welcome Xavier Berney to our ever-growing network of support for a healthier, happier nation! Xavier has joined Sheryl as she continues on her path across America, helping those they meet along the way to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

An Alabama native, Xavier always had an outgoing and ambitious streak. Raised by a single mother, his comfort zone has always been in traveling the country and surrounding himself with strong, inspirational people.

On a chance meeting in a laundromat, Xavier and Ruben crossed paths and briefly chatted about a woman who was walking from Key West. As Xavier says, “I felt ambition just with him telling me about it—it was new energy, something to believe in. It was like the West Coast was coming to Florida.”

Xavier & Sheryl–Taking Florida by storm!

Even though he left without getting Ruben or Sheryl’s information, two days later, it was fate that Xavier passed right by Sheryl while on his way to South Beach to meet up with friends.

From a morning bike ride, making small talk in a laundromat, making spontaneous plans in South Beach, and even missing the bus, timing and fate have been underlying forces from the beginning.

As Xavier puts it, “I literally met Sheryl off the words of somebody—and three days later, she appeared. I believed in everything she was doing, we talked for an hour, and I quit my job on the spot!”

What made you want to join WWA?

When I first met Sheryl, everything was just so brand new to us! We started walking and we built a great relationship that day, and it was beautiful. I literally quit my job right then and there!

I told the guy who I was working for at the time that I knew the job that I had wasn’t meant to be. It was like I knew that something spiritual and powerful was going to come up, and that I was going to do what I was meant to.

In fact, before Sheryl walked up the street, I even ran up to the bus with my bike, and they pulled away right before I got there. I missed my bus perfectly—I didn’t have any choice but to wait. Everything was pulling together so that we could meet—it was incredible!

We were two people out of 170,000 in downtown Miami who didn’t know anything about each other, and by fate, we end up connecting.

What did your family and friends have to say about your decision to join WWA?

A couple friends said it’s crazy, but they are so inspired—they always knew that I had that adventurous spirit. They’re proud and happy—my friends, family, they all think that it is so cool. In fact, my whole family is planning on visiting when we pass through Atlanta!

Do you have any personal goals that you are hoping to achieve with WWA?

Spiritually, I’m hoping to become much stronger, to speak positively, and to follow through with that. Sheryl and I are creating our own language where we are positive—it’s not how, it’s WHEN. We’re on a powerful frequency.

Personally, I want to inspire communities around America, with the goal of setting up health events and creating a solid network to give back to the public. I want to set up places where people can have cookouts, organize free blood pressure screenings, and just focus on giving back to their communities in a beautiful way.

Welcome to Walking With America, Xavier!


  1. Renee April 25, 2018 at 12:21 am

    This is such an inspirational story. As a friend of Xaviers, I know he has a great heart and Im sure he will be an inspiration to many. Best of luck Sheryl and Xavier!!

    1. admin - Site Author April 25, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you so much Renee and we hope to see you on the trail!


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