Appalachian Thru-Hike 4 the Kids

$3,720 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 34 months
Jay Norman
for Town North Optimist Foundation of Dallas Inc
 DALLAS, TX
My name is Jay Norman. I am 78 years of age, and I am a prostate cancer survivor.

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.
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Mary and I completed our latest (my second) adventure on the Appalachian Trail, short of our planned distance, but happy with our achievement. The experience was cold, wet and strenuous.... much more so than we had anticipated. Sore knees and forecast of more rain made it easy to decide to cut our hike short.

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.

Optimistically yours,

Jay
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Jay and Mary ready for the rain. We're only going to hike 4.6 miles today and get some rest and dry out... ready for tomorrow.

Jay and Mary :)
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Carolin Ray
32 months ago
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Best of luck. I live in Bella Vista and plan to follow your progress. Always wanted to do some of the trail so envy you and your courage.

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Mary Whisler
31 months ago

Also, so sorry you and Jim didn't get to complete your hike. Hope and pray he is recovering fully and quickly!!!

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Mary Whisler
31 months ago

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....

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Dale Schatz
31 months ago

We are thankful you are doing better Jimmy! Proud of you for your efforts!!

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James Sproul
31 months ago

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

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Mark Jones
31 months ago

Good to hear of your progress! Praying for health throughout your journey.

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Lee Howard
32 months ago

Bob and are thinking about you Silver dollar and Jay. Hope the weather is good. Missed you on Easter .

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James H. Evans
32 months ago

Glad to serve you men at Gooch Gap. Go men go. Every step matters. Let me know when you get to Maine.

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Athelyn Lyle Buckley
32 months ago

Way to go guys!!! Would love to be with you, but glad I`m not Lyle. Keep up the good work!!

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Dale Schatz
32 months ago

In our thoughts and prayers daily! Blessings on your journey. D & G

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Kimber Shannon
32 months ago

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

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Judie Dollar
32 months ago

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.

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Laurie Walterscheid
32 months ago

Have a great time! Prayers for your journey! Laurie from the dental office.

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$3,720 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 34 months
Created January 30, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Town North Optimist Foundation of Dallas Inc
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Dallas, TX
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$25
Anonymous
30 months ago
RR
$20
Robert Rodine
30 months ago

Just one foot in front of the other. Be well!

$25
Debra Manson
30 months ago

So glad you get the chance to hike again, prayers to you and Mary for a safe hike and prayers for Jim for a speedy recovery

JA
$500
Jay Allison
30 months ago

Another exciting journey with more to come. Keep being an inspiration to others.

SS
$20
Sandra L Sullivan
31 months ago

Prayers for Jim. Hope you make your financial goal for the kids.

$100
Laura Masters
31 months ago
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Keep Truckin' Uncle Jim and Jay! I'll see you you both when you arrive in the Harrisburg, PA area!!

$15
Anonymous
31 months ago
Carolin Ray
32 months ago
1
1

Best of luck. I live in Bella Vista and plan to follow your progress. Always wanted to do some of the trail so envy you and your courage.

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Mary Whisler
31 months ago

Also, so sorry you and Jim didn't get to complete your hike. Hope and pray he is recovering fully and quickly!!!

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Mary Whisler
31 months ago

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....

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Dale Schatz
31 months ago

We are thankful you are doing better Jimmy! Proud of you for your efforts!!

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James Sproul
31 months ago

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

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Mark Jones
31 months ago

Good to hear of your progress! Praying for health throughout your journey.

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Lee Howard
32 months ago

Bob and are thinking about you Silver dollar and Jay. Hope the weather is good. Missed you on Easter .

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James H. Evans
32 months ago

Glad to serve you men at Gooch Gap. Go men go. Every step matters. Let me know when you get to Maine.

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Athelyn Lyle Buckley
32 months ago

Way to go guys!!! Would love to be with you, but glad I`m not Lyle. Keep up the good work!!

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Dale Schatz
32 months ago

In our thoughts and prayers daily! Blessings on your journey. D & G

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Kimber Shannon
32 months ago

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

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Judie Dollar
32 months ago

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.

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Laurie Walterscheid
32 months ago

Have a great time! Prayers for your journey! Laurie from the dental office.

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