John Slyer's Hike for a Cause

Dear Friends,

I am about to head out on a huge journey, and I am hoping to raise funds for a cause that is near and dear me- the Skyhigh Adventure Center (SHAC). I bought this former school and church two years ago with a dream of creating a space where community members of all ages can gather to stay healthy, active, and engaged. The SHAC already hosts programs like youth tennis and yoga and non-profit offices including the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. This is possible thanks to generous donations from people like you that have allowed us to make vital improvements to the facility which had been a state of neglect for years. When fully operational, the SHAC will house a daycare, educational and fitness classes for all ages, and a variety of programming to engage individuals and families. More work needs to be done, and I’m asking for your help to make it happen.

I am embarking on a 2200 mile journey along the Appalachian Trail that will start on February 25 at Springer Mt., GA. I will be flipping to Mount Katahdin, Maine in August. I hope to finish at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia by October 15. Each mile that I hike will be dedicated to raising money to help the SHAC serve all members of the Averill Park Community.

My goal is to raise $25,000 from both per-mile and set donations. For example:

0.01 = $22: Happy Wanderer
0.05 = $110: Weekend Trekker
0.10 = $220: Backpacker
0.50 = $1100: Overnighter
1.00 = $2200: Trailblazer

Every donation helps me reach my goal. Along the way I will be keeping you updated on my journey, with special shout-outs to sponsors. Please give what you can to help me, my family, and friends make the SHAC a reality! Thank you!

Be Well,


  • william horr
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Stephanie Krzysik
    • $110 (Offline)
    • 2 mos
  • Anon Ymous
    • $500 (Offline)
    • 2 mos
  • Scott Bendett
    • $213 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 2 mos

Fundraising team (3)

Erin Berical
Raised $100 from 1 donation
Averill Park, NY
SKY HIGH Adventure Center Inc
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
John Slyer
Team member
Raised $15,282 from 75 donations
Holli Boyd-White
Team member
Raised $50 from 1 donation
This team raised $6,378 from 47 other donations.

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