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Lone Wolf
01-05-2015, 18:54
just wanted to let y'all know that Mala is ill with cancer. a lot of you know him. he's been around the AT scene for 20+ years. he did a lot of "trail magic" and "angeling" all those years. he's a Nam vet. a good guy. i visited with him today and i asked if he would allow me to post his address so those that want to, could send a card, letter or whatever. he would really like to hear from old and new friends. pray for him

Mala
1412 Parrish St.
Marlinton, W.Va. 24954

Damn Yankee
01-05-2015, 19:34
I have never met him but, anyone who puts in that much time for others must be an awesome person. I will keep him in my prayers.

Lone Wolf
01-05-2015, 19:41
http://www.7thart.com/event/Trail-Angels#

lemon b
01-05-2015, 20:49
You got it Wolf.

Praha4
01-05-2015, 20:53
real sorry to hear that. Good luck to Mala, hope he can beat the disease.

Rain Man
01-05-2015, 22:58
Thanks so much for sharing, Lone Wolf. Sure hate to hear this news. Mala and Tucker rode from Tennessee to Maine and back with me in '04 to pick up my daughter. They were great traveling companions!

Here are pics on the way home. One of Mala and Tucker (and Grass) at The Doyle in Duncannon, PA. And two from Arla's The Vortex in Bennington, VT. Arla and Grass and TMI (?) in one with Mala.

I'll get in touch with him. Thanks for the address.

Rain Man

swamp dawg
01-05-2015, 23:21
The trail truly had a friend in Mala for many years. Seems that as the wave of hikers headed north every year, there was Mala in his pickup with his dog. He was always showed up on the side of the road, in a trail town or trailhead ready to give a hand, advice or a shuttle. My prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery goes out to this outstanding "trail angel" and friend of thousands of AT hikers.
swamp dawg

Marta
01-06-2015, 01:09
Thanks, Lone Wolf.

Sly
01-06-2015, 02:50
Mala is the best. One of the first people I met when I started long distance hiking and a mentor. A couple days in I asked him "how long do you think my my feet will hurt?" His answer, "how long do you think it will take to get to Maine." Classic, love him like a brother. Get well soon.

restless
01-06-2015, 11:15
I first met Mala in 1998 shortly after starting work as a volunteer backcountry ranger at Mt. Rogers. in 200, we went to Montana together and have had many good times since. He was instrumental in me getting connected with the VA in Johnson City and getting some personal things sorted out. Thanks LW for visiting him on behalf of this community.

Trillium
01-06-2015, 13:57
I am so sorry to hear this. I will pray for him and will also send some snail mail.

gsingjane
01-07-2015, 07:47
Prayers ascending for your pal Mala. It sounds as if he has many stars in his crown.

Jane

Almost There
01-07-2015, 12:45
Sucks to hear...Mala's one of the good ones. Haven't seen him in a few years, but still remember our last conversation. I'll get something his way this weekend.

Ron Haven
01-09-2015, 22:28
just wanted to let y'all know that Mala is ill with cancer. a lot of you know him. he's been around the AT scene for 20+ years. he did a lot of "trail magic" and "angeling" all those years. he's a Nam vet. a good guy. i visited with him today and i asked if he would allow me to post his address so those that want to, could send a card, letter or whatever. he would really like to hear from old and new friends. pray for him

Mala
1412 Parrish St.
Marlinton, W.Va. 24954Lone Wolf, thanks for all you do in every way. Mala is a special person who has went the extra mile for hikers.

Sirsnappy09
01-10-2015, 14:51
Thanks for Info LW. Mala helped me a few Times when I needed it.

CrumbSnatcher
01-10-2015, 22:59
Get better soon Mala, the trail needs good people like you. prayers sent

Lone Wolf
01-20-2015, 20:55
Mala is at the Mountain Home VA hospital in Johnson City, TN. in room 204. if anybody is close to there he could really use some visitors

July
01-21-2015, 08:53
Mala is at the Mountain Home VA hospital in Johnson City, TN. in room 204. if anybody is close to there he could really use some visitors


I'm heading that way this week, I'll say Hello, thanks for the headsup.

Joey C
01-21-2015, 11:22
Thanks for sharing. Card sent

Rain Man
01-21-2015, 12:32
Mala is at the Mountain Home VA hospital in Johnson City, TN. in room 204. if anybody is close to there he could really use some visitors

Thanks for the update, Lone Wolf! Here's a dumb question: if someone did want to go by and visit, is "Mala" the name the hospital will know him by?

I spoke with the switchboard and was told they have more than one Room 204 and can't help me without a real name.

Rain Man

Lone Wolf
01-21-2015, 12:39
Thanks for the update, Lone Wolf! Here's a dumb question: if someone did want to go by and visit, is "Mala" the name the hospital will know him by?

I spoke with the switchboard and was told they have more than one Room 204 and can't help me without a real name.

Rain Man

Russell Forsyth

Jack Tarlin
01-21-2015, 13:10
Bob Peoples and I stopped by for a short visit today, and a visit or a card would certainly brighten his day. Thanx Wolf for letting folks know about this.

attroll
01-21-2015, 19:51
If anyone know Mala's mailing address,could you please send it to me in a PM.

Trillium
02-21-2015, 10:58
After reading about Mrs. Baggins surgery, I thought about Mala and am wondering how he is doing.

Lone Wolf
02-21-2015, 11:06
he's still in the VA hospital in Johnson City, Tn.. they're trying to get him well enough to start chemo. he's hangin' in there

Lone Wolf
02-21-2015, 11:08
he's still in the VA hospital in Johnson City, Tn.. they're trying to get him well enough to start chemo. he's hangin' in there

he's in room C145.

waterboy99
02-21-2015, 12:08
he's in room C145.

Wolf. You stated that Mala is a Vietnam Vet. If he not already aware of the Agent Orange presumpative diesease he may want to see if his cancer is one of those listed. If it is, he may be entitled to VA compensation and care if he wants to use the VA.

I was not aware of the Agent Orange Presumpatives and only found out because of a non vet friend of mine. My Prostate Cancer is on the list as are many others. Also, if he was in the Marines and stationed at Camp Lejuene he may want to check out the Toxic water list of about 15 diseases presumed to be caused by the poisoned water there.

Waterboy99

Lone Wolf
03-27-2016, 12:26
just wanted to let y'all know that Mala is ill with cancer. a lot of you know him. he's been around the AT scene for 20+ years. he did a lot of "trail magic" and "angeling" all those years. he's a Nam vet. a good guy. i visited with him today and i asked if he would allow me to post his address so those that want to, could send a card, letter or whatever. he would really like to hear from old and new friends. pray for him

Mala
1412 Parrish St.
Marlinton, W.Va. 24954

Mala passed shortly after 6 this morning

Traveler
03-27-2016, 12:34
Mala passed shortly after 6 this morning

I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of your friend.

rafe
03-27-2016, 12:55
RIP Mala. Not sure I ever met him, but I've heard stories...

Grampie
03-27-2016, 12:58
Sorry to hear. May he rest in peace. Now he will be a trail angle forever.

Jeff
03-27-2016, 17:37
Met Mala many times at the trailhead in Manchester, VT. He kept telling me this was his last year...but every summer Mala would show up again offering assistance to hikers. RIP to one of the real good guys on the AT.

Trillium
03-27-2016, 19:02
Rest in peace, Mala!

The Old Chief
03-27-2016, 19:18
Mala was one of the most helpful people I met on the trail in the early 2000s. Always kind and always friendly. Last time I saw him was a few years ago in Vermont at a trail crossing, still helping out. Never could bring myself to eat one of his green pancakes at Trail Days though!

Crazy Larry #1
03-28-2016, 11:53
Go rest high on that mountain Mala, your work here on earth is done..........

greentick
04-01-2016, 17:03
RIP Mala.....

Miel
04-01-2016, 17:57
My condolences on the loss of your friend Mala, and to his family, two-and-four legged. May Mala's memory be a blessing.