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Endurance For Epilepsy: Appalachian Trial Thru Hike

Friday, May 20, 2016 - Monday, October 31, 2016
08:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Appalachian Trail
101 Offroad
Markham, VA 22643

Chicago couple Erin McShea and Joe Vlasek hiking all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trial to raise awareness for epilepsy.

DETAILS: Joe Vlasek and Erin McShea are bound for another adventure, and this time for a great cause. They have decided to tackle the Appalachian Trail. That's right, all 2,190 miles – one step at a time. They will be starting in the mountains of Maine, hiking through the mud season in Vermont, swatting mosquitoes (and other things) in New Jersey, and trekking 500 miles in Virginia, chimney tops in the Smokey's, all while seeking the beautiful views in Carolina. Note, they welcome visitors along the way! Erin and Joe expect the hike to take 4-6 months to complete the hike, which will finish in Georgia. Click here to read a news article about this big adventure. 

MOTIVATION: Erin says, "Other than this ridiculous challenge being on our bucket list, we are doing this special hike on the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness for Epilepsy, and to honor my siblings who both suffer from a seizure disorder. My sister, Kristin has had Epilepsy for 12 years and my brother, Justin, has suffered with Epilepsy for 6 years." Kristin and Justin have figured out how to live daily with this condition and also turn it into a positive by working with the Danny Did Foundation and being on their Young Professional Board. All of the funds raised during our journey will benefit the Danny Did Foundation, and will provide seizure detection devices that go to families all over the world. 

DONATE: To help Erin and Joe reach their $10,000 fundraising goal, click here to donate. Think of the muddy trails and chilly nights these two will take on and show them your generous support! 

FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK: Throughout their adventure, Erin and Joe will be posting photos, videos and updates to this Facebook page so that you can follow along with this epic journey. Look for the hashtags #EnduranceForEpilepsy and #FollowTheBeard on social media!  




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