Join our fifth annual #hikeOctober campaign to raise awareness of the challenges of mental illness, fund mental health research and conserve wilderness trails. #hikeOctober is free to join, open to hikers of all experience levels, and an easy way for your walk in the woods, or around the park, to make an impact!

Sign up now, then hike or walk any distance, anywhere, by yourself or with a group, anytime in October!

Watch as we collectively strive toward our goals. Remember to hashtag #hikeOctober on your walking and hiking photos, and to connect with us via social media to hear campaign updates, read personal Why I #hikeOctober accounts, and share in the impact we all make as the HIKE for Mental Health team!

Goal: $25,000.00

$7,182.08 donated

Goal: 5,000.0 miles

1,074.1 miles completed

#hikeOctober is a month long celebration of the outdoors and the ways it can heal us. We hike because it is great for our own mental health; we hike to raise awareness of the stigma of mental illness; and we hike to raise money for mental health research and trail conservancy.
HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to overcoming the stigma of mental illness, promoting the benefits of outdoor activity, and conserving wilderness trails. Our hikeOctober planning team is a diverse group of men and women around the country who volunteer their time throughout the year to organize and promote this campaign, including HIKE for Mental Health co-founder, Leo Walker, team lead Brayden Donnelly, and social media coordinators Brielle Brack, Cristen Heavens, and Jasmine Massa.
Since our first #hikeOctober in 2017, the #hikeOctober community has raised $35,753.63, hiked 7,000 miles, and brought together 578 participants! We have had involvement from over 36 states and three different countries. In 2020, our all-volunteer team of five logged a collective 300 hours of effort. Numbers like these show the incredible effort that can be made when passionate people get together and set a goal. So please join us in our fifth annual #hikeOctober campaign to see how you can make a difference!
You can hike or walk as little or as much as you want. It is completely up to you. Once you sign up, you will be able to add your hiking mileage to the campaign toward our group goal of 5,000 miles during the month of October. As you add more hikes, you will receive online "badges" to share your achievements with friends via social media.
Anywhere you want! Any hike or walk during October in honor of the campaign can be part of our #hikeOctober. A 20 mile backpacking trip or a 2 mile walk in the town park - it's all good! Take one big trip, or walk a little every day. You decide how you want to #hikeOctober and how you'll make a difference.
No, it is completely free. Remember to share the news with your friends and encourage them to take part.
When you sign up, you get to personalize a fundraising page. By sharing your page with others, you build awareness and give them an opportunity to make a donation to the campaign. There is no minimum fundraising requirement to participate, but everyone who reaches $100 or more by the end of October will receive a cool, quick-dry HIKE for Mental Health hiking shirt.
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 understand, prevent, and treat mental illness
  • 20 cents maintains and preserves wilderness trails

Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. To learn more, visit hikeformentalhealth.org. Click to see our recent contributions to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

After you sign up, you can update your mileage anytime by scrolling to the alphabetical list at the bottom of this page, and clicking the "update" link next to your mileage.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.

Remember to hashtag #hikeOctober during your October walks and hikes and then follow us on social media for the chance to see one of your very own #hikeOctober photos!

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A rambling Rach (with a purpose)

by Rachel Shoemaker

$50.00 donated of $120.00 goal

41.0 miles hiked of 60.0 mile goal (update)

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Adam Paquin’s Hike For Mental Health

by Adam Paquin

$25.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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ADK Woods Walker Gang

by Jason Morrison

$1,455.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal

62.4 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Adventuring Amy

by Amy Twardowski

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Amy Holt's Hike for Mental Health

by Amy Holt

$50.00 donated of $200.00 goal

12.5 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Angela's hike for Mental Health

by Angela Huckaby

$50.00 donated of $150.00 goal

3.4 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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Ash's "Hike" for Mental Health

by Ashleigh Covarrubias

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Ashley Boortz’s Hike for mental health

by Ashley Gutman

$25.00 donated of $100.00 goal

13.9 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Barncat_hikes

by Kyle Martin

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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BB&J's Fifth Annual #hikeOctober!

by Brayden Donnelly

$50.00 donated of $50.00 goal

1.5 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Beth’s Hike for Mental Health

by Beth Lawrence

$70.00 donated of $200.00 goal

17.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Bo’s Hike for Mental Health

by Bo Barnett

$25.00 donated of $200.00 goal

2.9 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Boomer's October Hiking Adventures

by Denise Ludwig

$100.00 donated of $50.00 goal

32.1 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Bree's Urban Hike

by Bree Donnelly

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Brenda's Hike for Mental Health

by Brenda Lanza

$0.00 donated of $120.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Brent Donnelly’s hike for mental health

by Brent Donnelly

$100.00 donated of $100.00 goal

1.0 miles hiked of 5.0 mile goal (update)

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Callie’s Hike For Mental Health

by Callie Leisure

$50.00 donated of $300.00 goal

7.5 miles hiked of 35.0 mile goal (update)

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Cameron Schnieder Hikes

by Cameron Schnieder

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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CentralCalExplored hikes for mental health

by Central California Explored

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Chris Mordasky

by Chris Mordasky

$0.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 600.0 mile goal (update)

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Cristen takes a hike (for mental health)

by Cristen Heavens

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

10.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Daniel Allison's hike for mental health

by Daniel Allison

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

35.3 miles hiked of 40.0 mile goal (update)

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Dannel's hike

by Dannel Mayhall

$0.00 donated of $50.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Deanna’s Hike for Mental Health

by Deanna Anderson

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

39.8 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Denice hike for mental health

by Denise Bernard

$0.00 donated of $10.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 5.0 mile goal (update)

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Desiree Steele's Hiking for Mind, Body & Spirit

by Desiree Steele

$0.00 donated of $300.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Donna's Hike for Mental Health

by Donna Bencivengo

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 15.0 mile goal (update)

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Donna's Hike for Mental Health page

by Donna Bencivengo

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 8.0 mile goal (update)

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Elizabeth Hotz’s Hike for Self-Improvement

by Elizabeth Hotz

$100.00 donated of $200.00 goal

4.7 miles hiked of 45.0 mile goal (update)

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Erica’s Hike for Mental Health

by Erica O’Riley

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Erika Seekatz' Hike for Mental Health

by Erika Seekatz

$0.00 donated of goal

0.0 miles hiked of 5.0 mile goal (update)

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Erin's Hike for Healing

by Erin Day

$525.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal

40.8 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Fawn and Willow

by Fawn Langerman

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

79.7 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Ginnie Z's Hike for Mental Health

by Ginnie Zawacki

$25.00 donated of $200.00 goal

15.8 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Girls Who Hike Tennessee

by Ash Bailey

$75.00 donated of $2,500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 500.0 mile goal (update)

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Gracie and Trent’s hike for mental health

by Gracie McCrea

$0.00 donated of $250.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 35.0 mile goal (update)

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Heather’s Maine Hike

by Heather Annis

$200.00 donated of $200.00 goal

4.3 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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Hike for Mental Health October

by Nikki Yeckel

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

8.0 miles hiked of 16.0 mile goal (update)

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Hiking for Mental Health

by Brock Ryburn

$0.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 80.0 mile goal (update)

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Ilana's #hikeOctober

by Ilana Copel

$230.00 donated of $300.00 goal

11.7 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Jeannie’s hike for mental health

by Jean Donnelly

$25.00 donated of $200.00 goal

28.5 miles hiked of 60.0 mile goal (update)

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Jeff Price's HIKE for Mental Health

by Jeff Price

$0.00 donated of $250.00 goal

20.9 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Jennie Becker hikes for mental health

by Jeanette Becker

$400.00 donated of $400.00 goal

54.0 miles hiked of 75.0 mile goal (update)

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Jessica and Delilah’s hike for mental health

by Jessica Garno

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Jodi's Hike for Mental Health

by Jodi Patella

$135.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 45.0 mile goal (update)

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Julie and Mikki's Hikes for Mental Health

by Julie Stern

$225.00 donated of $500.00 goal

48.4 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Justine's hiking for health

by Justine Smith

$0.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Jwanderlust

by Jeanine Ramirez

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 10.0 mile goal (update)

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Kat hikes for mental health

by Kat Bergeron

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 70.0 mile goal (update)

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Katie & Lara Hike for Mental Health

by Katie Ouellette

$528.00 donated of $400.00 goal

21.7 miles hiked of 40.0 mile goal (update)

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Katie Ojikutu's hike for mental health

by Katie Ojikutu

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Kay’s Hike for Mental Health

by Kay Allan

$100.00 donated of $200.00 goal

12.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Kelsey’s Hike for Mental Wellness

by Kelsey Kuehl

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Kelsi and Daisy's Hike for Mental Health

by Kelsi Wymard

$135.00 donated of $300.00 goal

3.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Krystal Hikes for Mental Health

by Krystal Ellig

$45.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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Kyla & Archer's hike for mental health

by Kyla Hedemann

$50.00 donated of $200.00 goal

7.5 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Lacie’s #hikeOctober

by Lacie Valiante

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

1.7 miles hiked of 15.0 mile goal (update)

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Lauren’s Hike For Mental Health

by Lauren Cherichella

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Layla Hikes for Mental Health

by Courtney Meyer

$50.00 donated of $200.00 goal

3.2 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Leo's #hikeOctober 2021

by Leo Walker

$0.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Little Bear

by Little Bear

$100.00 donated of $100.00 goal

26.4 miles hiked of 75.0 mile goal (update)

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Lookout for Mental Health

by Jana Riddle

$25.00 donated of $200.00 goal

9.7 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Lori’s HIKE (or Hobble) for Mental Health

by Lori Jane

$45.00 donated of $100.00 goal

14.9 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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LuckyPuppyNotes

by Linda Shinoda

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

3.1 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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LuckyPuppyNotes

by Linda Shinoda

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

3.1 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Mari's hike for mental health

by Maricruz Zarate

$50.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Maritess’ Hike for Mental Health

by Maritess Gamboa

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

9.9 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Matthew Langton’s Hike for Mental Health

by Donna France

$575.00 donated of $500.00 goal

10.0 miles hiked of 40.0 mile goal (update)

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Meg.does.a.hike 🎃

by Meg R

$0.00 donated of $150.00 goal

3.4 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Mental Health 100 Miles in the Wilderness

by Brandon Parenteau

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Michelle Skime's Hike Time for Mental Health

by Michelle Skime

$100.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Nature heals 💫

by Kristy Clay

$200.00 donated of $400.00 goal

29.0 miles hiked of 45.0 mile goal (update)

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Nick's Hike for Mental Health

by Nick Rasmussen

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

15.0 miles hiked of 60.0 mile goal (update)

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Nick's Trek for Mental Health

by Nick Devlin

$100.00 donated of $200.00 goal

23.2 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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NMU Conservation Crew for Mental Health

by Isabel Mueller

$0.00 donated of $400.00 goal

62.8 miles hiked of 650.0 mile goal (update)

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One Step at a Time - Jas Hikes

by Jasmine Massa

$95.00 donated of $200.00 goal

15.5 miles hiked of 40.0 mile goal (update)

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Patience and Gryllz are going Mental

by Trevor Barger

$312.30 donated of $22,300.00 goal

77.4 miles hiked of 223.0 mile goal (update)

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Randas HIKE

by Miranda Parrott

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

4.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Remembering Ryan

by Mary Jo & Patrick Johnson

$0.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Ru's hike for mental health

by Michelle Sturgeon

$50.00 donated of $200.00 goal

17.9 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Sacajawea's hike for mental health

by Donna Abel

$0.00 donated of $50.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Sailo's hike for mental health

by Laldingliani Sailo

$50.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 10.0 mile goal (update)

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Sam’s Hike for Mental Health! 🙂

by Sam DiFulvio

$0.00 donated of $50.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Samsquanch’s trek for mental health

by Samantha Hight

$80.00 donated of $150.00 goal

25.8 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Sketchy Hikes for Mental Wellness

by Mike Shirey

$25.00 donated of $200.00 goal

20.8 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Stacey and David Lustig’s hike for mental health

by Stacey Lustig

$0.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Stepping Stone for Mental Health

by Kelley Stone

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

3.0 miles hiked of 10.0 mile goal (update)

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Sunshine Shi

by Shianne Purvis

$100.00 donated of $200.00 goal

25.8 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Vanesa Hyde's Western Pennsylvania Regional Hike for Mental Health

by Vanesa Hyde

$75.00 donated of $200.00 goal

7.2 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Victoria Heiser’s Wicked Cool Hike for Mental Health

by Victoria Heiser

$76.78 donated of $300.00 goal

13.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Warm Peet Walks for Mental Health

by Jess Warren

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Weekend Warrior

by Heather Lawson

$225.00 donated of $500.00 goal

7.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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