Appalachian Thru-Hike 4 the Kids
Over a year ago my longtime friend Jim Dollar asked if I would hike the Appalachian Trail with him. I said, "Sure" not believing he was serious. Could two 78 year old veterans and prostate cancer survivors possibly hike 2189 miles? Sure we could, if we had a worthy cause to keep us motivated.
Jim & I plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail starting in mid-March. Not many our age have completed this trail. We are doing this to raise money for the Town North Optimist Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit organization), and 100% of the net contributions collected through this GoFundMe campaign will be used to support youth in our community.
The Town North Optimist of Dallas is a unique group of men and women in Dallas who, for over 62 years, have chosen to dedicate a portion of their time to serving youth in our community. We are known as the Town North Optimist Club of Dallas and are affiliated with Optimist International .
Today's youth face frightening challenges (drugs, alcohol, gangs, etc.), and the Optimists provide opportunities that reinforce positive choices and attitudes. By our involvement with youth, providing leadership and a good example, we work to improve kids' lives.
The purposes of Optimists are to:
*Aid and encourage the development in youth, in the belief that the giving of one's self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life, and the world.
*Develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed.
*Inspire respect for the law.
*Promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people.
*Promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs.
The purpose of this trek, same as during my first attempt in March, was to raise funds for the Town North Optimist Foundation, a sixty-two year old club, whose motto is, "Friends of Youth". TNOF is a certified 501c3 organization and utilizes 100% of funds raised on children's programs. We are very proud of the fact that we have no administrative expenses.
On behalf of Town North Optimist Foundation, thank you for your donations and the support you have so generously given. If you are still considering making a donation it will be gratefully accepted and appreciated.
Also, so sorry you and Jim didn't get to complete your hike. Hope and pray he is recovering fully and quickly!!!
Jay, I learned of your hike thru Pat McGlothlin. I need a partner on the trail from Atkins, VA to Damascus. My hiking partner can't make it. My plan is to go to Damascus for Trail Days, and I have shuttle reserved w/parking at Mt Rogers outfitters. Shuttle to Atkins on 5/15 and hike back to Damascus in 9 days, with one zero day and restock in Marion. I figure 8-10 miles a day. I am not fast ....65, female, backpacked most of the OK Ouachita Trail (extremely difficult), but I am persistent. Would you be interested in going w/me? I'm driving to Abingdon leaving the 12th. Open to suggestions and other dates..... Just want to be on the AT for a while....
We are thankful you are doing better Jimmy! Proud of you for your efforts!!
Jay - The courage to toe the line on any challenge is something to be admired. Georgia on the AT is tougher than many realize . You are brave men indeed! Our thoughts and prayers with Jim as he recovers. If you enjoyed the hike Arkansas has the beautiful Ouachita Trail. Closer to home, easier logistics. All the Best - jim sproul
Good to hear of your progress! Praying for health throughout your journey.
Bob and are thinking about you Silver dollar and Jay. Hope the weather is good. Missed you on Easter .
Glad to serve you men at Gooch Gap. Go men go. Every step matters. Let me know when you get to Maine.
Way to go guys!!! Would love to be with you, but glad I`m not Lyle. Keep up the good work!!
In our thoughts and prayers daily! Blessings on your journey. D & G
I'm all logged in and ready to follow. Wishing you the Best of Luck. I posted your going away picture on FB and it had 100+ like/loves and many comments. Mostly they were along the lines of 'You Guys are Amazing!"...which you are! Love -K
GO . HIKERS, GO!! So good to hear from you in person, Jim. Hope John David and Kim are hooked up... have talked/texted both. We are VERY PROUD of you all.
Have a great time! Prayers for your journey! Laurie from the dental office.