My name is Mark Yaeger, and I'd like to ask for your help.
I’m a 36 year old professional ski patrolman at Aspen Highlands in Colorado. In 2005, I developed Type 1 diabetes. Along with the known physical complications and constant difficulty in properly managing the disease, it had another effect on me that proved to be even tougher: It diminished, on a fundamental level, my self-confidence and the belief I once had in my ability to persevere and overcome obstacles and challenges. Having grown into young-adulthood healthy and active, I felt as though I was resigned to living within parameters, as I was faced with the reality of daily medication and inconsistent health.
I've worked hard to improve my health in a demanding lifestyle, and have been slowly rebuilding the confidence to really challenge myself.
For years, I've had the dream of "thru-hiking" the Appalachian Trail. Having grown up in northern Maine, I wanted to complete the entire trail and finish, literally, at my front door. After 2005, I had all but given up on the idea, but have finally reached a point at which, I feel, I can make it a reality. The trail, stretching from Georgia to Maine, is a lengthy undertaking - one which I cannot complete on my own.
I would like to ask for your help in reaching my financial goal and setting out to fulfill a dream. Five to six months of food and equipment are only a portion of the total cost, which must include transportation and, most importantly, continued health insurance coverage and medical supply costs.
In addition, I have connected with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Any funding that I am able to raise beyond my goal will be donated to JDRF to help in its goal of finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
I would be humbled and grateful for your contribution to my goal, may it be financial assistance or simply an encouraging word. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be interested, or contact me for further details.
I thank you for your time, and hope that you're enjoying a happy and healthy new year!
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