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Dave's Mental Wellness: Hike for Health

Organized by: Dustin Wright

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He's Half Way and We're only 28%
April 06, 2016

Big Wave Dave has made it half way on his hike. We have raised 28% of our total goal; which is nothing to frown about, but we still have more See More

THE STORY:

David Paulk, PA-C, EdD, DFAAPA is a Professor and the Director of the Physician Assistant Program at the Murphy Deming College of Health Science at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton VA. However, before he came to Staunton he was a white water river guide on the Cheat and Gauley Rivers in West Virginia. Dave, or Big Wave Dave, has had to overcome the direst of situations to get to where he is today. Unfortunately, Dave experienced a life threatening event from Barotrauma that resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury. He truly had to re learn everything; walking, talking, eating....everything! Needless to say, the fight was on.

Eventually Dave fought and won this battle. But he wasn’t finished. He set his sights on other battles. Once a fighter, always a fighter is what we say. Along with leading and teaching at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, he is also an active advocate and member of the Board of Directors for our local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Dave truly has a passion for helping and fighting this cause. If there is any cause that needs fighting, it's Mental Health Awareness. Dave asked us how he could help out and we think we have the solution.

Dave is truly an outdoorsman. To answer his call to the WILD and to bring more awareness for mental health resources, Dave has agreed to hike the Appalachian Trail through the Shenandoah National Park. That's 107.1 miles from Front Royal, VA to Rockfish Gap, VA. He'll have to make sure he has plenty of water and that his boots are laced tight because he'll be hoofing it up elevations starting at just a few hundred feet all the way up to 3,900ft. He'll be doing this entire hike with nothing but his supplies on his back and his best four-legged friend by his side; Abe.

Dave likes to be challenged..... (That’s a statement for Captain Obvious if we ever heard one)... but he also wants to challenge you!! Dave wants to use his Mental Wellness Hike for Health to raise money for our local NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) chapter. We use all of our donations to give right back to the community. We are looking to provide a Peer to Peer Support Group, a Family to Family Support Group. We also want to start a Medication Fund to provide short term scholarships to those who are short on their medications and treatments. We also want to provide scholarships for local members to attend mental wellness conventions and seminars. We are also looking to raise awareness for the extreme need this local area has for a Crisis Stabilization Center and a local Substance Use Detoxification Inpatient Program.

These are hefty goals, we know. We also realize that goals like this require funding. This is where you come in. Dave and NAMI would like to raise $5,000. If we raise the FULL amount, Dave will hike the entire 107.1 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Also, at the end of the event, NAMI will randomly pull out three names. The first name will receive a $125.00 gift certificate to Staunton's own Zynodoa restaurant. The second and third persons drawn will receive a $50 gift certificate to Staunton's Mill Street Grille and a $25 gift certificate to Staunton's Byer's Street Bistro.

Dave will be setting off on April 2nd and will be tracking our progress during his hike. The more dollars he see’s the better his motivation will be. He is planning to end his 107.1 mile hike by April 15th. We want Dave to finish the entire hike, but we need your money to do so. Let's get those funds flowing!

(To learn more about NAMI, please visit our state website at http://namivirginia.org/ or call Dustin Wright, Board Member, at Valley Community Services Board at 540-213-7325)

We truly appreciate your support... and so does Big Wave Dave... and his four-legged fellow hiker Abe of course.

$1,630

 

33% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • Joni

    $50

  • John Heres

     

  • Liltih & Fred Lee

    $50

  • Katie Huffman

     

  • AJ Heintz and Cassie Paulk

    $25

  • Chrissy Buchanan

     

  • Greg Burroughs

    $25

  • Irwin/Donna Wolfert

    $25

  • Friends of Butterbean

    $100

  • Bruton

    $25

  • Jay

     

  • Kathy Marie

    $25

  • Crystal Graham

    $10

  • Kate Cunningham

    $50

  • Amy and Josh Rosenblum

    $25

  • Jen Roe

    $100

  • Kathi and Tim Huffman

    $50

  • Judy Ryan

     

  • Linda and Mark Stanford

    $100

  • Karen

    $10

  • Bettie von Frankenberg

    $100

  • local supporter

    $100

  • james kinder

     

  • Lallon Pond

    $50

  • Luanne Mazzoni

    $15

  • Elizabeth Stelling

    $100

  • Mark Kline

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • AJ Heintz and Cassie Paulk

     

  • Maggie's friend

    $25

  • Sarah Johnson

    $20

  • JJ

    $30

  • Mike Dagen

    $25

  • Seth Agyeman-Berko

    $100

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Donor Comments

Seth Agyeman-Berko

Seth Agyeman-Berko

DONATION: $100

Great hike. 1 year ago

Mike Dagen

Mike Dagen

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

JJ

JJ

DONATION: $30

step good Dave 2 years ago

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

DONATION: $20

Saw you and Abe on the trail yesterday (South River Falls Hike)! What a great cause to get out and hike for. Finish strong! 2 years ago

Maggie's friend

Maggie's friend

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

AJ Heintz and Cassie Paulk

AJ Heintz and Cassie Paulk

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

For all those dealing with mental illness. 2 years ago

Mark Kline

Mark Kline

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Elizabeth Stelling

Elizabeth Stelling

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Luanne Mazzoni

Luanne Mazzoni

DONATION: $15

Tribute to my Daughter 2 years ago

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