Brandon Parenteau's Fundraising Page
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Brandon Parenteau's Fundraising Page

I, Brandon “Flying Crow”, #hikeOctober because hiking is not only great exercise but a great way to meet people, see the world around us but also helps ground ourselves.

Many of us suffer from mental illness in one form or another. Many of us tend to be silent. I know it’s not the best thing to do but finding it better to open up and sharing with others is. Connecting with others on or off the trails and being able to sharing our experiences has also shown me that we are not alone. There are so many out there affected by mental illness more than we know. I know I have had my share of moments with depression and to me hiking is a way to ground myself. Just being out on the trail, out in the wilderness I feel connecting with the world around me. Seeing how small we really are in this world we call home and seeing all that our home has to offer. It is a good way to de-stress and clear one’s mind. It’s good to get lost. It’s good to break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

No matter how far or how high you are willing to go for every hike there is a starting point which begins with one foot in front of the other. There’s no one trail that is too easy. They are all going to challenge ones spiritual, mental and physical being. You can learn a lot about the world around you as well as yourself. The challenge awaits each and every one of us.

Get Lost! Get found! This is your life. Take that hike!

– Brandon “Flying Crow” Parenteau

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.

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