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My Journey to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail will begin April 22nd, 2018. I am dedicating this first to my friend Louise Zywitis who lost her battle with depression in 2017. She loved the outdoors, fishing, and the many huskies she owned over the years. It is my hope that someday there will be a way to save such beautiful soul as hers. My family has been touched by mental health issues and I walk for my brothers and sister as well as my children who struggle. No family escapes being touched by a mental illness and I walk for those too. I made my goal a dollar for each mile of the AT.  With each step I take I want others to know it is possible to live your dreams. The journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step. I have walked 900 miles as of September 1st and will be going to Front Royal, Virginia to head South to Georgia 970 miles. I had to skip some of New Hampshire and Maine due to a injury and will finish that next summer. Thanks for so much support so far and keep encouraging me to the finish line with your donations.

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 www.hikeformentalhealth.org.

To register for a hike yourself, click here.

Name Date Amount Comments
Donna Woodland 04/24/2018 $100.00  
Elizabeth Hummel 04/16/2018 $25.00 Looking forward to following your journey!
Anonymous Friend 04/15/2018 $100.00  
Mary Todd 03/30/2018 $100.00 I love your heart for people mom. I know how important this is to you and each step you take will make a huge impact in someone’s life. You have always inspired me to push on and I hope you will experience life deeper for doing this hike. Love And prayers
Darice Cobb 03/28/2018 $100.00 We'll all be with you in spirit while you're on your journey.
Jacob Dolan 03/23/2018 $50.00 Two of my favorite quotes I'll leave with you: "Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread." - Edward Abbey "It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." - Sir Edmund Hillary May the dirt underfoot be firm, the trail clear, and may the rain wash the worries of this life away, while the sun warms your soul.
Kate Sholonski 01/31/2018 $100.00 Paula, We wish you peaceful encounters with every step...plus lots of joy-filled memories! Kate and David
Judy Brown 01/23/2018 $50.00 You do have someone meeting you from point to point--right? My thoughts are with you!!!!! Judy
April Smith 01/23/2018 $21.81  
Anonymous Friend 01/22/2018 $100.00  
Joseph Zylwitis 01/17/2018 $500.00  
  Total $1,246.81  
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