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    Post Support for Appalachian Trail Hike with Epilepsy

    Rando Leon
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    Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimerís disease.


    When I was 15 I was hit by a car ever since I have suffered from Seizures. At the age of 32 I was put on Disability due to my Seizures, I am 51 now.


    I am planning to go on a grand and epic journey, one that I have dreamed of since I was 21, On March 12, 2015, I will begin my northbound hike of the Appalachian Trail beginning in Georgia and ending in Maine over 2,200 miles. On average it takes about 6 months to complete, at least those are my plans if not it will be in 2016 or 2017. Due that I need to save up for gear and everything that goes along with such a grand epic adventure.


    It is just so hard to save on such a limited budget such as Disability, I live on $10,800 a year which makes it so hard to live let alone save.


    So what I looking for is Sponsors or your help funding my trip, any donations will help, even a donation of $1 or any gear you can donate, I am also willing to test gear and return it with my review. I will greatly appreciate it! I am also in search of Sponsors, Thank You for your time and please remember ANY and ALL HELP is GREATLY APPRECIATED.


    I am also willing to test gear and return it with my review.


    Of course if I am sponsored I will follow any rules my sponsor will ask of me and use whatever gear they want me to use.


    All money raised will be used toward the purchase of food, clothing, gear and expenses while on the trail. Any money that is not used by the finish of my journey will be split into two donations one for half for The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and the other half to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.


    I am planning on keeping a blog so all that donate can keep up with me on the trail, I will also take pictures and video. I will send email updates of my trip to all donators!


    Also, please share this link with others who may be interested in hearing about or supporting this journey.


    Thank You for all your support!




    Those who donate $30 will receive postcards from my trip.


    Those who donate $50 will receive a booklet with photos from the trail.

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    this is a vacation. pay for it yourself

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    With all the money that is left over will be split ....rotflmao

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    Here is something else to think about. You will probably loose that disability check when they find out you are going on a 2100 plus mile walk through the mountians. Or is that disability not that bad?

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    What happens when you're a hundred miles from any medical treatment and have a seizure? I've had friends with epilepsy, and it's terrifying when they seize. No offense, but I'd hate to come across someone seizing on the trail or at camp. Not to discourage your thru but this seems a highly dangerous goal...

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    I will not be the first hiker with epilepsy to do the AT and whoever thinks this will be a vacation I feel sorry for you.

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    Search for this on google read his story you will find the David S. Hannibal, 25, of Baltimore County story he did it way back in 1997, now meds r much better and the condition is completely different for everyone who has it.

    Persistence, pills fuel epileptic's 2,160-mile hike

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    I'd like to see anyone judging me try to live on $10,800 a year then talk to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rando1925 View Post
    ..... whoever thinks this will be a vacation I feel sorry for you.

    It IS a vacation. If you think of it in some other light you are just fooling yourself.
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    And I will be taking pics giving my donations I am not a thief!

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    So I guess if you r on disability you can't have any dreams of doing anything. And it also means you can't help fellow human beings for help. Well sorry then I apologize.

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    I have no idea what your situation is or what you have to deal with. So all I will say is that what people are going to see and balk at is that your not able to work because of a disability. In turn you wish to embark on a journey that is more physically and mentally demanding than so many occupations. I hope that you can appreciate some of the skepticism.

    I wish you luck.
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    I understand people's criticism, but please don't judge unless you know the whole story and situation of my condition. Hopefully I will meet some of you on a hike and I think you would understand. Anyway I am sorry if I have offended or upset anyone that is not my goal so I sincerely apologize to everyone ahead of time.

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    I'm sure that there are many folks on here that have dream vacations that they cannot afford. Sorry to be so blunt but choosing to hike for six months IS a vacation. Once you realize this it will help.
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    I'll never understand why people always feel the need to jump in and discourage these types of endeavors. It's almost as if they couldn't care less for whatever the cause, they just need to scold the poster for asking for money, cause be damned! If you're not interested, don't donate or follow. It's really that simple.

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    Discourage? No

    Be real? Yes
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    Double post
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    I hope the OP succceeds in his thru hike attempt. However, the skepticism regarding being on disability while embarking on something as physically demanding as a thru hike is warranted. I find it impossible to believe that anyone capable of thru hiking cannot find some type of physically hands-on occupation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sampson View Post
    I'll never understand why people always feel the need to jump in and discourage these types of endeavors. It's almost as if they couldn't care less for whatever the cause, they just need to scold the poster for asking for money, cause be damned! If you're not interested, don't donate or follow. It's really that simple.
    what cause? he's not raising money for any cause or charity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    what cause? he's not raising money for any cause or charity
    He says: "All money raised will be used toward the purchase of food, clothing, gear and expenses while on the trail. Any money that is not used by the finish of my journey will be split into two donations one for half for The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and the other half to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy."

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