Appalachian Trail Through Hike/ Parkinson’s?
“Why would you do that?”…. “Because that is what they do!” This conversation between 2 of our lifelong friends is an example of the comments and opinions about my hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Our interest in hiking the AT came as a young married couple with two sons. As a biology teacher with summer vacations, we had the opportunity to backpack random sections of the AT which allowed for so many real and ever present teaching moments about ourselves within the context of the surrounding biosphere.
Yet trying to be a responsible husband and father, being gainfully employed did not afford us a 6 month solitary piece of time to be through hikers. However, now that I am retired from full time employment I am ready and able to experience the dream beginning March 23, 2015 and completing by late August.
Not wanting this experience to be exclusively about me, I have decide to dedicate this hike to provide support to those affected by Parkinson's and in honor of my brother Bob who is afflicted with this debilitating disease. Consequently, we have been able to establish a 501 (c) nonprofit account in a partnership with the Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northeast Region (OPFNE). It is my hope that as you read of this on my website, www.gen524.com, you will consider helping me to raise $100 per mile for the 2,181 mile journey.
We will accept any donation: a penny per mile, a nickel per mile, a dime, quarter, or dollar per mile or even more. The Appalachian Trail travels through 14 different states: GA. (81), NC (300), TN (280), VA (500), WV (4), MD (40), PA (235), NJ (60), NY (98), CT (38), MA (86), VT (141), NH (146), ME (276). If you wanted to donate per mile for a given state that would be welcome as well.
It is my desire that you will become as excited about this mission as I am.
With thanks to my webmaster Ryan Kuhar and to E & H Hardware and Casey Everett for my opportunity to earn moneys to be equipped for this venture and the time away to do it.
To God be the Glory!