Eric's 2018 Florida Trail Fundraising Page
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Eric's 2018 Florida Trail Fundraising Page

More people commit suicide on Wednesday than any other day of the week. because of this I am going to start my "HIKE for Mental Health" hike of the Florida National Scenic Trail on the first Wednesday of 2018. My goal is to raise $1 for each of the 1100 miles of the trail.

The mission of HIKE for Mental Health

  1. Increase public awareness of the challenges and suffering faced by those afflicted by mental illness and their families.
  2. Increase public appreciation for and responsible use of wilderness trails.
  3. Raise funds, principally by coordinating fundraising wilderness hikes, in order to
    1. prevent and alleviate the pain caused by mental illness
    2. maintain and preserve wilderness trails

In distributing its net proceeds, HIKE for Mental Health will direct

  • Eighty percent to scientific research to alleviate suffering from mental illness and to programs that eliminate the stigma surrounding it
  • Twenty percent to preserve wilderness trails


This organization is one I can get behind!  As such, not only am I pledging to Hike the 1100 miles, I will also match the first $200 in donations!

Please help me raise $1100 and help raise awareness

ABOUT My Hike for Mental Health

1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.

I chose to make HIKE for Mental Health a part of my hike to 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 programs to alleviate the suffering of mental illness including 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 for a hike yourself, click here.

Name Date Amount Comments
Josh Johnson 04/17/2018 $5.00 Hope you enjoy(ed) the FT! Great cause. If you have an Instagram account, let me know @designpassion #HikeWithHeart
Karen Bradt 03/07/2018 $20.00  
Marilyn Yergler 02/11/2018 $20.00  
Michele Hughes 02/07/2018 $15.00 Much love and adventure often my friend! Always an inspiration to many!
Gregory Manning 02/07/2018 $20.00  
Anna Hikes 02/02/2018 $10.00 Best wishes on your hike & thanks for working on such a great cause!
Scott Chandler 01/29/2018 $25.00 Be safe my friends Great cause.
Eric Emery 12/31/2017 $200.00 Matching funds for the first $200. Thank you to all who have donated!
Terry Riley 12/31/2017 $100.00 Enjoy the adventure. Thank you for your support for a worthy cause.
Robert Kokrda 12/20/2017 $100.00 Best wishes on your Hike, Eric. Look forward to watching your progress on Facebook.
Bobby Truett 12/20/2017 $75.00 Hey Eric, Hike on!!! Wish I was able to go with you bro! Bobby
Ray Coffield 12/06/2017 $5.00 Hike On brother. Wish I was hiking it with you.
Timothy Purol 12/06/2017 $50.00  
  Total $645.00  
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