Ella DeSantis's Fundraising Page
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Ella DeSantis's Fundraising Page

Hi my name is Ella Desantis and I am attempting to thru hike the Appalachian trail in 2019. I start my hike on March 4 and hope to finish at Mt. Katahdin at the beginning of August. I graduated high school last year and I am taking a gap year to attempt this hike. I would like to make Hike for Mental Health a part of my thru hike in the hopes that I can bring more awareness to mental health as well as break the stigma around it.  According to the Institute of Mental Health 1 in 4 adults suffer from a brain or behavior disorder in a given year and 1 in 5 children experience a debilitating mental illness at some point during their childhood. These numbers are huge and my hope is that through hiking the Appalachian trail I can share the joy of hiking, raise funds, and bring awareness to mental health. 

ABOUT Appalachian Trail

1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.

I chose to make HIKE for Mental Health a part of my Appalachian Trail hike so I can raise funds for a great cause and reduce the stigma of mental illness.

HIKE for Mental Health is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded on the vision of a world in which everyone, including those who suffer mental illness, can find the simple joy of living.

Our mission is to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted by mental illness, eliminate the associated stigma, and to foster responsible use of wilderness trails.

As an all-volunteer organization, we distribute 100% of contributions raised by our hikers.

  • 80 cents from every dollar funds scientific research to prevent, cure, and treat mental illness
  • 20 cents maintains and preserves wilderness trails

Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. Thank you for your support.

To learn more, visit www.hikeformentalhealth.org.

To register your own hike with HIKE for Mental Health, click here.

Supporters
Name Date Amount Comments
Dean and Jill DeSantis 03/23/2019 $150.00 We love you Ella. Happy hiking!
Nancy DeSantis 03/23/2019 $100.00 Great cause! Great granddaughter Ella DeSantis! We support you all the way!!
Rob Rosborough 03/23/2019 $100.00 As a Doc who deals with mental health and substance abuse on a daily basis, I applaud your effort to help for this worthy cause. I’m happy to help.. Good luck and be safe!
Jules Bjorklun 03/23/2019 $25.00  
Ted and Sharo Mucken 03/23/2019 $50.00 Very proud of you!!
Kathy Glick 03/23/2019 $50.00 Happy Trails Ella. Love, The Glicks
Ed & Maxine Bashaw 03/23/2019 $25.00  
  Total $500.00  
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