2016 Update

This past year (03/23 thru 10/23/2015) Don Havener and OPFNE adventured an Appalachian Trail Thru Hike as a fund raiser to benefit the lifes of those affected by Parkinson's Disease. Don and his wife Kathie had a wonderful experience hiking (Don) while Kathie drove the support vehicle for those many days. The fund raising via the use of a secure website, www.gen524.com has been deemed a success.

The Ohio Parkinson Foundation Northeast Region (OPFNE) is a 501 3(c) non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson's Disease (PD) The foundation offers an annual free educational symposium, supports the efforts of many charitable organizations involved in the development of wellness programming for Parkinson community, and provides funding for local and national PD research. The Foundation also maintains contact and general information for the Parkinson Support Groups in the 16 counties that it serves.

Meet Donald Havener

Today, I am the result of many, very many mistakes and their subsequent corrective measures in the public school classrooms, Hiram College, U of Minn., Kenston High School, Weber Hardware, McMaster- Carr, and E&H Ace Hardware of Garrettsville, OH. In my 76 years in the roles as student, athlete, biology teacher, coach, merchant, employee, husband, father, brother and friend while living in a continuum of societal changes. Driven by the desire to be the best that I could be and imposing that desire upon those around me; holding back nothing by giving 100% to whatever was at hand.

“Everything offered to others is really and offering to oneself --and – if only the truth were realized, who would refuse anything to others.” Anonymous---- Dependent upon one’s life purpose this offering could represent a self-sacrificing attitude or a self-edifying life style.

I did not want to be ordinary so I somehow discovered an intelligent and wonderful mate along the way and then I dedicated my life to the sport of wrestling with spelunking, long distance bicycling, and camping and hiking all of which led to the desire to through hike the Appalachian Trail some 40 or so years ago. (God will provide for all that He does in a timely fashion).

Admittedly, I am a slow learner, however through the grace and mercy of God my Creator I have survived many mistaken turns and experiments and dead ends so that today I can say, “I am not one of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls” (Hebrews 10: 39). So at 76, with the help of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit I plan to put my foot onto the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mtn. , Georgia and complete a through hike some 150 days later.

My Mission

One hundred and fifty days is quite a long time to spend on a six month journey talking to and walking with the Holy Spirit and having an experience with Him on a day by day, hopefully moment by moment. Keeping close to Him so that we might regularly fellowship over what He is doing rather than what I am confident He did months or years ago. Becoming especially aware of the strength and wisdom available to us in the Spirit and earnestly pray for more.

That’s my mission: I want to know God just as Enoch, John, Paul and Jacob did.

And through it all I want to be a blessing to those who suffer from the havoc of Parkinson’s by walking the 2,181.1 miles of the Appalachian Trail in an attempt to raise $100 per mile so that individuals with Parkinson’s and their families may acquire information on symptoms, medication management, coping strategies, and supportive services. There are many 501 3(c) non-profit organizations committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson disease. [www.ohparkinson.org]

I would like to dedicate this THROUGH-WALK OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL WITH ENOCH and HOLY SPIRIT to my brother Bob Havener.

My Goals

  • To know and to be known by God
  • To raise $218,110 toward improving the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson disease
  • To encourage and lift up and pray for all of the Parkinson's victims and their caretakers that reside next to and along the Appalachian Trail Corridor.

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