Hi my name is Ella Desantis and I am attempting to thru hike the Appalachian trail in 2019. I start my hike on March 4 and hope to finish at Mt. Katahdin at the beginning of August. I graduated high school last year and I am taking a gap year to attempt this hike. I would like to make Hike for Mental Health a part of my thru hike in the hopes that I can bring more awareness to mental health as well as break the stigma around it. According to the Institute of Mental Health 1 in 4 adults suffer from a brain or behavior disorder in a given year and 1 in 5 children experience a debilitating mental illness at some point during their childhood. These numbers are huge and my hope is that through hiking the Appalachian trail I can share the joy of hiking, raise funds, and bring awareness to mental health.
|Dean and Jill DeSantis||03/23/2019||$150.00||We love you Ella. Happy hiking!||Nancy DeSantis||03/23/2019||$100.00||Great cause! Great granddaughter Ella DeSantis! We support you all the way!!||Rob Rosborough||03/23/2019||$100.00||As a Doc who deals with mental health and substance abuse on a daily basis, I applaud your effort to help for this worthy cause. I’m happy to help.. Good luck and be safe!||Jules Bjorklun||03/23/2019||$25.00||Ted and Sharo Mucken||03/23/2019||$50.00||Very proud of you!!||Kathy Glick||03/23/2019||$50.00||Happy Trails Ella. Love, The Glicks||Ed & Maxine Bashaw||03/23/2019||$25.00|