As many of you already know, Tom, Stella, and I are planning to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia March 2023 and ending in Maine around September 2023. Our hike will be just under 2,200 miles.
In preparation, I have booked our flight and gotten most of our gear. We have recently moved to Blakeley State Park in Alabama to ramp up our trail miles on their many trails through historic battlefields.
The other thing I have been working on is finding multiple charities that we can walk for. I thought it would be the extra motivation to keep us going. Tom chose to hike for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). C.O.P.S. provides resources to help families rebuild their shattered lives. (www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org)
Stella will be hiking for Pawsitism which is a nonprofit in the Sheboygan, Wisconsin that is training Autism Assistance Service Dogs for children with autism. This group partner with the client’s family to train, educate, and fundraise money to help provide a dog to help with their child needs. They work with Golden Retrievers, Goldendoodles and now Bernedoodles. (pawsitism.org)
I will be hiking for Mental Health America Mental Health America (MHA). MHA's work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal. (mhanational.org)
I will put the link on the site when I have everything put together. All of these charities mean a lot to us, and we hope to raise a lot of money for them. Please spread the word.