Will is 16 and an Appalachian Trail Southbound Class of 2020 Thru-Hiker, day hiker/peak bagger and soon to be Eagle Scout who lives with severe hemophilia.
He hiked the SouthBound (SOBO) route of the Appalachian Trail during the summer of 2020 and raised over $27,000 for Save One Life!
Learn more about Will, in his own words, below.
"I’m hiking the Long Trail to raise money for Save One Life. I first heard about the Long Trail from my time on the Appalachian Trail as well as hiking podcasts. Part of the Long Trail is actually shared with the Appalachian Trail so I hiked 100 miles of it already on my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I'll hike the Long Trail in two sections; one week covering just over 110 miles in June and 1.5 weeks covering the remaining 160 miles in July.
I chose to hike for Save One Life because I have access to factor medication while most people with hemophilia in developing countries do not. As a result, many people prematurely die from their bleeding disorder. I am living a normal life (with factor prophylaxis). My hiking continues to be a great opportunity to spread awareness about hemophilia (and other bleeding disorders) as well as have a positive impact on people struggling with the same condition I do in developing countries.
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