Warrior Hike. It sounds brutal, doesn’t it? Well, the name isn’t misleading. It entails hiking the entire 2,184 miles of the Appalachian Trail. The lengthy trek is currently being made by Mark Silvers and Sean Gobin. The two men first set out on March 15, earlier this year.
They launched from Hawk Mountain in Georgia, at the southern end of the Trail. They’re due to arrive at Maine’s Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Trail, on July 31, 2012.
Along with being an insane journey up the eastern United States, Warrior Hike is also a nonprofit organization. It was founded in October 2011 to benefit US veterans who lost multiple limbs during military service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Money raised from donations goes to acquiring handicapped-accessible vehicles with adaptive driving controls for these wounded vets.
The intrepid hikers have been stopping at Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) posts along their route for separate fundraising events. By the end of the journey, they will have held 38 individual fundraisers hosted by these VFW posts. In addition, donations have been coming in from all around the country in support of their effort and this noble cause.
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Please take a few minutes to visit Warrior Hike at their website, http://www.warriorhike.com. There, you’ll find more information about the organization, its founders and the hike itself. See hike progress updates, a map of the route along the Appalachian Trail, the hike schedule, media coverage and more. You can also get additional information and stay apprised of the latest Warrior Hike progress and news by liking the organization on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Warrior-Hike/168407096599621 and by following it on Twitter at https://twitter.com/warriorhike.
Also, be sure to drop by the donations page on the website at http://www.warriorhike.com/Warrior_Hike/Donate.html and contribute. Every penny given goes directly to purchasing accessible adaptive vehicles for US veterans who became multiple amputees. All donations are fully tax deductible. Please give what you can; even if it doesn’t seem like much, it all adds up. As of this post, Warrior Hike has raised more than $31,000!