Help Me Help Children with Autism

In March 2014 I stepped onto the Appalachian Trail with 2 goals. 1)  To raise money for a wonderful non-profit organization and 2) to realize a life long dream and complete the AT. With the help of many friends and strangers, I reached one goal. We raised over $11,000 for the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children. After hiking over 1,000 miles, injuries stopped me from completing my second goal. I wont let that stop me, I will continue my hike beginning 04/25/2015. I plan to complete approximately 400 miles before I have to return to work and hopefully the remaining distance in 2016. Please continue to follow me on my journey. I read all comments posted on my blog, they motivate me, so keep them coming.

The following was posted in 2014 prior to the beginning of my hike.

What motivates a person to take on any difficult challenge? A complete thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) has been a personal goal of mine for quite some time. Completely hiking the AT start to finish will undoubtedly bring extreme satisfaction. I look forward to standing on Mt. Katadin, Maine and reflecting on my journey.

BWF Logo

The thought of raising money to help promote the work of The Brent Woodall Foundation (BWF) was all the motivation I needed to get started. I want to shine and light on and showcase the courage of the parents who live every day in autism’s shadow. The BWF empowers parents of children with autism and developmental disabilities and encourages involvement in their children’s therapy. They provide educational training, customized academic and behavioral plans, and psychological assessments,  all of this with modest financial support. I believe that children with autism, as with any illness, should have the best chance possible at a fulfilling life, The BWF helps to  provide that chance !!


One Response to Help Me Help Children with Autism

  1. Jon Gromatzky

    My 12 year old daughter and I have begun section hiking The Virginia portion of the AT. We too wish to raise awareness of Autism as part of our quest. My 10 year old son has Tuberous Sclerosis resulting in severe autism. We take him with us on some of our flatter training hikes where we push him in his wheelchair. He enjoys the outdoors and we would love to take him with us every time, but he has very low muscle tone making it a challenge (hence the wheelchair). We have Facebook Group called “Quest for the AT”, if you are interested.

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