Hello my name is Chris or (Grizz) as I’m known on the trail. I'm attempting to thru hike the Appalacian Trail I started March 1st 2019. My goal is to raise $5,000 for Mental Health research. A little about me I'm an Iraq veteran that served 12 years in the Army National Guard and self proclaimed envrionmetal hippie. I have been hiking since I was 19 and find nothing I would rather do more than go hiking with my friends.
I have been battling with my own mental health issues from adjusting to life after war and also being diagnosed with major depression with psycosis . Dealing with my depression and psychosis has been really hard at times. My psychosis was something I had kept secret for many years from my friends, family and my fellow soldiers because of the stigma that comes with it. My mental health took me to a very dark place in January of 2012. I was asked by a nurse what my one reason to fight for was and I said to thru hike the AT or PCT. I fell in love with the pictures and videos I had seen of those trails and ever since then knew I had to thru hike one of them. I have found that working towards this goal has done alot for my own mental health. I lost three friends to suicide that struggled with their own personal mental health issues. My friends suicides as well as my own attempt have encouraged me to bring awareness to the mental health issue in this country. I also would like to show others like me that you can go out and accomplish your goals and overcome your mental illness. I hope you deicde to donate to a good cause and thank you in advance. You will also be able to follow my journey on YouTube just search “Grizz in the woods” See you out on the trail.
|David Sizemore||05/16/2019||$50.00||Congrats Chris||Dennis Flynn||04/11/2019||$25.00||Keep going Chris!||Race Mahaffey||04/03/2019||$10.00||This is just a small amount. More to come in May, as pledged on Youtube on one of your videos. I just set up a PayPal account and wanted to get started with it.||Jim Spiry||03/31/2019||$225.00||Good luck and be safe on your hike!! See you when you get back Brother! From the King County Parks Crafts Crew: Mr and Mrs Jim Spiry, Sponge-Bob, Rob the Utility, Al the Carpenter, Tracy the Painter, Mark the Painter, Bill the Carpenter, Rad-Ron Utility, Shannon (Heavy D)Utility, Kimo the Plumber, Clayton (sparky) the Electrician, Tim (Boss-man) Darling||Anonymous Friend||03/30/2019||$5.00||Enjoying the vids. Did a big section 2 years ago and may try a thru hike. God's Speed!||Joshua Reasoner||03/27/2019||$50.00||Thanks for sharing your story so openly and honestly. You're an inspiration. I can't wait to get to know you when you complete your journey.||Tom Stevens||03/14/2019||$50.00||Dale Kelley||03/14/2019||$50.00||“I am learning to live close to the lives of my friends without ever seeing them [except on YouTube ;-)]. No miles of any measurement can separate your soul from mine.” ― John Muir||John Proffitt||03/13/2019||$50.00||Looking forward to watching you get to Maine!||Jessica Lane||03/09/2019||$50.00||David Sizemore||03/01/2019||$50.00||Keep Truckin!!||BK Frey-Booth||11/10/2018||$50.00||We support you and this cause 100% dude! Proud of you and we’re excited to watch you hike the AT. -Katelyn, Toby & Ben||Ashley Honeywell||11/03/2018||$40.00||Love you Beckman!! From Ashley and Ian :)||Josi West||11/02/2018||$50.00||I hope you meet your goal and then some! Good luck!||Liz Tiffany||08/23/2018||$40.00||Susie King||08/23/2018||$300.00||I've called you Beckman for so many years... I like Grizz. We support you 300%! This illness is way too close to home! I believe the hike will be huge in your recovery||Pieter Booth||08/22/2018||$100.00||You go Beckman....I mean "grizz"||Ronald Risdon||08/21/2018||$50.00||Christopher Beckman||08/20/2018||$100.00||Getting the ball rolling||Christi & Justin Pattison||08/20/2018||$20.00||Thank you for sharing, Beckman. I hope your journey through the Appalachian Trail gives you peace. Can’t wait to hear all about it!||Justin Thayer||08/20/2018||$20.00|