I estimate that it will take me 45 days to traverse the 800-mile Arizona Scenic Trail, which stretches across Arizona from Utah to Mexico. But generous people like you can help bring me home earlier - all while helping the patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
My trek began on September 1 near the Arizona-Utah border in the Kaibab Plateau region. Along the way I will hike to the Coconino Plateau to the Grand Canyon, the San Francisco Peaks of Northern Arizona and the Mogollon Rim north of Payson, the Mazatzal Mountains, Santa Catalina north of Tucson, and the Rincon Mountains.
My family was personally impacted by Crohn’s Disease when my niece’s son, also named Joe, was diagnosed at age 12. People don’t realize how much this disease affects a young person. I’ve watched Joe struggle with it over the years. As a family, we have made a commitment to find better treatments, and hopefully a cure someday. That’s why I’m hiking.
All proceeds raised will help create an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic at Phoenix Children’s, which will help the hundreds of patients they treat through membership in a nationwide research network – one that has dramatically increased remission rates in kids like Joe.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Phoenix Children's Hospital, my goal is to raise at least $30,000. When I reach this goal, I will come home. Maybe. I’m just hoping to make it back in time to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner or at least watch the Super Bowl!
After completing two marathons and three triathlons, I suffered a heart attack in 1998. But I’ve maintained a fitness level that allows me to take on this challenge. I’ve heard other hikers' stories, and thought this would be a great way to see some of the most beautiful land in the country.
But most of all, I want to help a cause that is near and dear to my heart, and support an organization I know can help a lot of kids like Joe.
And thanks to a very generous anonymous donor, any gifts made now until we reach $30,000 will be matched – doubling your impact.
Please help bring me home. More importantly, please help some kids who need it.