Hiking North on the Appalachian Trail

CHILDREN'S HEMIPLEGIA AND STROKE ASSOCIATION

Hiking North on the Appalachian Trail


Hiking North on the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is about 2180 miles long and every year about 2000 people try to thru-hike the trail. This year I will join them, and I will be working to raise awareness for pediatric strokes.

This is a cause that is personal to me as a survivor myself. I had a stroke in utero and have been living this my whole life. My right side is smaller and weaker and I limp when tired, so this will add to the challenge of the hike. I will need to be careful so as not to get too tired or hurt myself. 

We didn't talk about my difficulties when I was growing up. All my mother told me was that I was born a month early and that I had a stroke before I was born. She pushed me to use my arm and hand in daily activities and pushed me to get good grades and do well in school. I’ve done well; most people don’t notice or at the very least don’t say anything about my hand. It becomes more obvious the more tired I get, as my hand starts to pull up to my chest and I limp ever so slightly, but the lack of coordination in my hand will give me away on a good day.

Ok, so back to the hike. I am going to hike north from Springer Mountain, Georgia with the goal of getting to Katahdin, Maine before it closes for the season on October 15th. This is ambitious, I know. Only about 1/4th of those who start a thru-hike generally finish. I’m an ambitious person. I got my Bachelors Degree while working full time and taking care of my family (Husband, Son, and pets). I am now pursuing my first of 2 Masters Degrees.

This trip will pull me away from my family and work for about 6 months excluding any visits. I want that time away to have a greater meaning so I am setting up this fundraiser.

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