Man Is Diagnosed With ALS, Then Decides To Hike 600-Mile Appalachian Trail To Raise Awareness

by Tasina Berkey
Tasina has worked in radio broadcasting and online blogging. She enjoys long walks on the beach.

Rick Marks is going for a stroll on the Appalachian Trail. But it’s not a simple small hike for a few hours, Rick is walking the whole 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Why is Rick doing this you may be asking? Rick was unfortunately diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease ALS back in 2016.

The illness, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease affects the nerve cells in the spinal chord, as well as the brain.

According to Fox 5, after being diagnosed with the illness, Rick decided to take an extended leave from his job in Boston, to pursue the 600-mile hike.

He’s using his journey as a way to bring awareness to the disease, as well as $50,000 for ALS One, which is a partnership of ALS experts working to find a cure by 2020.

Rick expressed his wanting to make a difference for the future of the disease saying on his blog: “I want to do something to make a difference and to contribute to ending this horrific disease while I still can.”

Rick has begun his long journey, and sadly he has already seen the disease start to take a toll on his muscles and speech. Luckily for him, he isn’t making the journey alone! He has different friends and family members joining him every week as he treks along to complete his journey.

We can’t wait to see where the journey takes you Rick!

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