EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2016
Over mountains, through deserts, and under forests, I'll see much of the beautiful western U.S as I trek the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. For every mile, I'm raising a dollar for Seattle Foster Youth because I want to empower the youth in my community that have been forgotten, neglected, and abused.
Our donations will be a reminder that although they feel the world has forsaken them, their community is rooting them and giving them a boost when they need it. I hope you'll join me on this journey: wishes tossed in a well cost at least a penny, let's see if ours aren't worth a bit more :)
For more on the back story, see below. All funds go directly to the Seattle Treehouse Foundation, which works to give foster youth a childhood and future. See www.treehouseforkids.org for more information.
As you may know, I'm an active triathlete and runner. Many in the triathlon community raise money for a cause while training. After much deliberation, I decided to focus on local foster youth because my previous volunteering and skills will allow me to donate more than money, but my time and mind too.
Since that time I've been learning about the needs of foster youth locally and nationally. For instance, foster youth are:
- 2x's more likely to not graduate high school
- 2x's more likely pregnant by 19
- Average 3 placement changes and 25% switch 5 times
- 3x's more likely to live in poverty in adulthood
In Washington specifically
- 35% enter due to physical and sexual abuse
- 65% go through 7+ school changes
In light of these great needs, I wanted to go beyond donating merely through triathlon races. This past summer I climbed the five major volcanoes of Washington (Rainier, Baker, Adams, Helens, and Glacier) and knew I wanted to try my hand (feet really) at long-distance hiking.
Graduating from UW Law this spring presents a fracture between life's seasons. So, after talking about the PCT for years, I've decided to hike it and make every mile an opportunity for gratitude and empowerment to others. I'll be blogging and posting pictures across social media as I doucment and reflect on this journey and how to improve other's life journey.
So join me in helping youth get started on their own journey towards healthy, productive lives. Let's take steps towards bettering our community while I take many steps up the West Coast.