Spiritual Journey for Mental Illness
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My Name is Todd aka Spiritual Walker. I am 49 years old and have had a lifetime battle with a schizoaffective disorder. In my younger years with no education of what I had it wrecked havoc upon my life. I am a Father and Grandfather. I live in Fredericksburg VA not far from Swift Run Gap entrance to the Appalachian Trail.

It has been my lifelong dream to be able to hike the whole trail. The mountains has always been my Peace and place of refuge to find myself and get relief from my illness. The animals and Nature are so comforting to me. Many times I ran away in the mountains because I could not deal with myself or society. 

After the death of my Father then Mother I went into a very deep depression. This was in my 30s when I first was officially diagnosed. I spent the next 10 years in therapy and on medications. My life is like a roller coaster that never stops.

I tried to hike the whole trail 4 years ago but was 40 lbs heavier and didn't last long. I have been working hard to condition my body and am ready to succeed this time. I need this to bring accomplishment to my life.


I just need some kind souls to help in the financial part. My friend ordered my a osprey backpack my 1st of my equipment. I'm so excited and determined it will happen






ABOUT Appalachian Trail

1 in 4 families is affected by mental illness.

I chose to make HIKE for Mental Health a part of my Appalachian Trail hike so I can 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 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 your own hike with HIKE for Mental Health, click here.

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