I would like to introduce myself and briefly share my intention and vision regarding this venture. Recently I have noticed an inner rumbling to "get away," and given that my love of the outdoors felt undernourished over the past 20 years, I figured that I would head out West this summer on a backpacking trip for a week or so to help clear the traffic jam in my head. Among other things, part of the "traffic jam" was the a bewilderment as to why these challenging events present themselves in our lives, such as my great nephew, Jonathan, having a life-limiting condition such as Duchenne. As I searched for meaning in all this confusion, the passion to "DO" something was overwhelming.
Then, the serendipitous vision of doing something significant to contribute emerged ..... combine it all, and hike to raise awareness and support for Duchenne. My sense of "moving away" from life immediately shifted to an enthusiasm around "moving toward" something vital.
Yet a guy like me hiking for a week or so is literally only going to go so far. So, "Because I Can," I am committing to at least 500 miles of trekking on the PCT (see the complete trail, pictured right). The limitations of those with Duchenne begin to impair muscular strength at an early age and walking eventually is not possible. I am embarking on this "Because I Can" hike for those who cannot. With honor and privilege, I will go as far as I am able.
All hikers use a trail name. Due to my belief in the Oneness vision, I walk under the name OneStep. I will be regularly posting progress and aspects of the adventure as well as sharing some of the enlightening perspectives discovered along the introspective journey. I trust that the video and written journaling will serve your life in a special way. May you each be Blessed along your own personal life path.
How can you help?
Make a donation per mile! All donations will be matched by an anonymous donor. Levels include: