Richard Swanson's Dream Tragically Ended

Thu, 16th May 2013, 01:54

Richard Swanson, a graphic designer and avid soccer fan from Seattle, Washington, had a dream of an amazing adventure. On May 1st 2013, Richard began to live that dream of dribbling a One World Futbol from Seattle to São Paulo, Brazil. The trip from Seattle to Sao Paulo, through 11 countries, and close to 10,000 miles, was expected to take over a year to complete. He hoped to arrive for the first game of the 2014 World Cup.

On January 7th Richard registered the domain The website, built on Wordpress, utilized the services of web hosting company Web Hosting Hub.

Richard began sharing his plans and seeking sponsors for what he described as as the “trip of a lifetime where I will push myself further than I ever thought possible”.

In a YouTube video uploaded in March, Swanson explained that he had lost his job in graphic design, after switching from a career as a private investigator. He was having "a hard time" finding another job and it had given him time to "think about what you want out of life". He said he'd always wanted to go to the World Cup and instead of just walking there, he wanted to honor the tournament by dribbling a football. Having no mortgage, no career and two grown up sons meant that "all the pieces seemed to fit" for making the trip, he said.

Swanson aims included raising money for the One World Futbol Project. One World Futbol donates durable footballs to kids in developing countries.  

Richard Swanson tweeted from ‏@BreakawayBrazil on 14 May

Read about my rainy day in Lincoln City at the Newsguard by Jeremy Ruark. Hey, Jeremy, can you send my team a...


Tragically just two weeks into his trip, Richard Swanson was struck by a truck in Lincoln City Oregon. His football was recovered near his body.

Picture of Richard Swanson from his facebook page 

A statement on Swanson's Facebook Page announced Swanson's death and said: "His team, family, friends, and loved ones will miss him and love him dearly. You made it to Brazil in our hearts, Richard." 

Update from "Team Richard" as he kept calling us):


We want to express our most sincere gratitude on behalf of Richard's family, friends, and Team Richard for all the condolences, love, and continued support that the world has given to Richard Swanson. We are sure he is smiling down at all the posts, kind words, and love being shared.

He was so thankful for the generosity of each person he met along the way. He not only shared his excitement in his daily posts, but he always made time to tell his team how much he loved meeting each person along the way and how you all touched his life. He was excited everyday about his continued growing support. If he could see his page now! We are so proud of him.

We wanted to share a couple of updates with all who love him. Richard is donating his organs. He would appreciate that his super x-ray vision and beautiful blue eyes will give new life to someone and give them super powers too.

Seattle: We would like to have people gather at Die Bierstube, 6106 Roosevelt Way NE, in Seattle this Sunday, May 19th (Richard's birthday) from 1-4 p.m. to celebrate the life of Richard Swanson. We are hoping to pack the establishment with people who loved him and was inspired by him! Please join us to celebrate the start of Richard's Journey to Brazil.

Team Richard 

Help us continue the dream

Donate to Break Away Brazil using paypal and Richard’s email address ‘’  

A very inspiring man who in a very short time walked his way into many lives. Our thoughts are with his family.