Goal: 40.0 miles
24.0 miles completed
This year I will be issuing myself a challenge. For every $5.00 donated I will be hiking 1 mile!
The more you donate, the more I am challenged.
I choose to do this to bring awareness to the challenges faced by those who live with mental illness. Mental illness can bring every day challenges that some may not perceive as such. Some days, simply getting out of bed or choosing to rise for the day can seem steeper than a mountainous climb. Every mile is an ode to those who do not have the choice, but to face these challenges every day. A dedication to those who show grit in brushing their teeth and perseverance in taking a shower. An honoring of those who have hard conversations to overcome the shame and to stop the stigma.
This challenge is near and dear to my heart because I have been in that place where waking up was harder than reaching a summit. Today, I hike to feel the ache in my thighs, the burn in my feet, the race of my heart and catching of my breath. These are physical reminders to me that I can overcome even the hardest of days. It just takes one step at a time.
1 in 4 families is affected by 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 foster responsible use of wilderness trails.
As an all-volunteer organization, we distribute 100% of contributions raised by our hikes.
- 80% funds scientific research to understand and treat mental illness
- 20% conserves national wilderness trails
Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. Thank you for your support.
To learn more, visit hikeformentalhealth.org.
To join a hike click here.