Karen’s fundraising #hikeOctober 2019
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Karen’s fundraising #hikeOctober 2019
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October is a beautiful, sometimes bittersweet month full of reflection, with traditional holidays, world mental awareness day, the waning of daylight hours, the falling of leaves, and the chill in the air…

I was born in October, and the more Octobers go by, the more I reflect on what makes me feel most alive: walking among trees, rocks, and flowing waters. And I think about what makes me feel most grateful to be alive: sharing this connection to nature with others.

This year I am gorging on four ‘flavors’ of fall hikes: 

• a solo backpacking trek on the Appalachian Trail (done)
• an overnight on the trail with my hubby (done)
• another longer AT trek with my adventure-buddy (coming soon)
• a day hike with all the friends I can gather together. (end of month-ish)


Each flavor of hike is special in its own way, and I hike them all for my mental health. I don’t take my good health for granted. I know and have known people who struggle every day with taking one step at a time towards a life, or a month, or a day, or an hour without the weight of mental illness and its stigma. I hike for these people too. I hike for scientists who search for solutions. I hike for our natural world and the trails that build connection and stewardship.

Please consider supporting this worthy cause, knowing that even the smallest donation is a step forward in the journey to recovery for all.

Thank-you so much, from the bottom of my heart and hiking boots!



ABOUT hikeOctober 2019

1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.

I chose to join #hikeOctober to raise awareness of the challenges of mental illness, fund mental health research and conserve wilderness trails with our #hikeOctober campaign.

To learn more about #hikeOctober, click here.

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.

Name Date Amount Comments
Kevin and Barbara Coombs 12/22/2019 $40.00  
Laura Levenson 11/03/2019 $50.00 In honor of Kathye Brown - and all others who suffer from mental illnesses.
Robert Fischman 11/03/2019 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 11/03/2019 $75.00  
Patricia Doherty 11/03/2019 $100.00  
Peter Southam 11/03/2019 $50.00 In loving memory of of Neal and Sherry Coombs, from the Southam family. We support Hike for Mental Health ion your behalf, and for many loved ones who have battled mental illness.
Jane Wasserman 11/03/2019 $50.00 Thank you for a great hike today, Karen!
Gail Polsky 10/27/2019 $25.00 Will try to join the hike , have to see if I can change some things around... either way great cause, thank you for putting in the time. Thank
Cassandra McCann 10/14/2019 $50.00  
Peter Southam 10/10/2019 $155.00 With love and gratitude to you and all the others who are hiking for this vital cause! We journey vicariously along with you! Love Mummeth, Dad, David
Karen Viola 10/09/2019 $55.00 I hike and contribute to honor my brother, a survivor, and my cousin Kendall and her family, fighting the battle with love every step of the way...
  Total $700.00  
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