Rob "Starbucks" Small - Hike for Mental Health Fundraising Page
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Rob "Starbucks" Small - Hike for Mental Health Fundraising Page

Welcome to my fundraising page!  Having suffered from depression in the past and having used wilderness hiking as an effective recovery tool, I felt this was the perfect charity to support during my current 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I often refer to the trail as my 'therapist'. Eighty percent of the hike donations provide grants that enable scientific research and fund programs aimed at alleviating suffering from mental illness. Twenty percent of the hike donations support preservation of wilderness trails. 

As an added incentive, I will match all donations dollar for dollar up to my $500 fundraising goal at the conclusion of my hike.

Thank You for your support!

Rob "Starbucks" Small


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

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

Name Date Amount Comments
Ann Kimberly 08/05/2018 $50.00 Congratulations on your thru hike. Amazing accomplishment—and thanks for keeping your fans updated throughout your journey. Well done.
Robert Small 08/02/2018 $500.00 Thank You to all who have donated. This matching donation brings the total to $1,270!
Robert Barg 07/26/2018 $50.00 Rob, Congratulations! Best Regards, Rob and Patty
Char Carle 07/09/2018 $50.00 I so Admire what You are doing. You are also helping me cope by sharing your adventures and providing some stress relief. Way to GO ROB!!!! You are on the home stretch- Unbelievable......
Barbara Reinke 06/30/2018 $50.00  
Eric Small 06/24/2018 $100.00  
Gary Aguilar 06/09/2018 $40.00  
Anonymous Friend 06/09/2018 $20.00 Congratulations, Rob, for making the 2/3 trail mark. Enjoy the rest of the AT in good health, and in good spirits.
Donna Ponte 06/08/2018 $10.00 You're lookin mighty slim, Rob. You gonna cook up that rattler?
Heidi Hanson 05/02/2018 $25.00 What a terrific way to help others as you hike, and a great choice of charity. So impressed with your determination and continued progress toward this goal. Happy trails!
Susan Olofson 05/01/2018 $50.00 How fantastic, to hike in such a beautiful setting AND in support of mental illness research! Thank you, Rob.
MaryAnn Greenwood 04/30/2018 $50.00  
Peggy Bluemer 04/30/2018 $25.00 Keep on truckin'!
Joseph Lulves 04/30/2018 $50.00  
LIsa Ruhland 04/18/2018 $25.00 Have a great journey on the AT!
Joe and Rachel Matuch 04/17/2018 $50.00 We're supporting you all the way as we pray for a successful hike! We love you!
Steve Raseman 04/12/2018 $25.00 Rob, Congrats on your adventure and the great cause! Enjoy the miles! When you get back would love have you to share your story at one of our "Hike the Appalachian Trail Meetups" in Chicago. Steve (Trail name: Wedding Walker)
Rick Patterson 04/11/2018 $25.00 Looking forward to having a burger and beer when you get back home!
Toni Whalen 04/09/2018 $25.00 Keep oup the good work, Rob! You're doing great!
Liz Patterson 04/07/2018 $25.00 Great job Rob! Keep on the trail and thanks for sharing your adventures!
Tom Matuch 04/07/2018 $25.00 What a wonderful opportunity to see the natural beauty of God's creation along the Appalachian Trail. Praying for your health, safety, and a successful journey. Best wishes Rob.
Anne Woenker 04/07/2018 $50.00 Thank you. Hiking and supporting important research, awesome.
  Total $1,320.00  
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