Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail

I am often asked why, at age 80 plus, I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail .

Hello, I'm Bill Hansbury, aka "Boston Bill" and ten years ago, because of a MRSA infection, my right leg was amputated below the knee, along with three toes on my left foot.

Up until then, I had been extremely active, cycling long distances and running dozens of marathons and hundreds of 10K's.

After amputation, with the aid of a prothesis I continued running, walking and cycling.

As a retiree, for the past nine years I have volunteered my time working with amputees to regain their mobility.

The The Boston Bill Foundation has helped to make this possible.

With proper equipment, adequate funding, and lifestyle education, amputees can regain an active and useful life. A dark outlook to their future is now bright again. To take a walk with friends is now possible. What was lost is found.

Beginning March of 2018, my hike will demonstrate what is achievable at any time in life, at any age, with any impediment. 

Six years ago, along with 4 other bicycling amputees, I rode from San Diego, CA, to Vero Beach, FL, a total of 3760 miles. We worked with amputees along our route and many walked that hadn't walked in years. That's a wonderful feeling.

YOU can make it possible for others to experience this wonderful feeling with your Open Heart and Generous Spirit.

Read more at The Boston Bill Foundation


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Bill Hansbury 
Saint Petersburg, FL
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