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PCT Thru-hike's Fundraiser:

Swamp to Sierras

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EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2013

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Two LSU graduates, Jared Reaves and Nicholas Persac, are spending six months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,663 miles from the U.S. Mexico Boarder through California, Oregon and Washington and into Canada.

As a way to give back while we take an adventure for ourselves, we decided to ask our friends, family and followers to help us raise money for two charities.

The first charity, the Frances Center for Customized Employment, Inc. in Baton Rouge, helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities explore career opportunities through self employment. Jared provided care for a young adult who has Down syndrome, and the center's mission helps local residents like the adult with whom Jared worked.

The second charity, the Atchafalaya Swamp Base, is run by the Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and gives youths the opportunity to kayak more than 65 miles through the country's largest swamp. Nicholas lived in Lafayette, where the council is based, and both he and Jared first took high-adventure outings with our own Boy Scout troop.

We're hoping to raise $2,663 -- that's $1 for every mile of the Pacific Crest Trail. We will evenly split the total amount raised between the Frances Center and the Swamp Base. Thanks for considering a donation to our fundraiser, and feel free to follow our adventure both on this page and at

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