Joe Hume is doing a charity hike for his nephew who is suffering from Crohn's Disease, and Phoenix Children's Hospital, to raise funds and awareness. Check out his story on "Bring Joe Home" -
I estimate it will take me 45 days to traverse the 800-mile Arizona Scenic Trail, which stretches across Arizona from Utah to Mexico. But generous people like you can help bring me home earlier all while helping Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinic.
My trek will begin on September 1 near the Arizona-Utah border in the Kaibab Plateau region. Along the way I will hike to the Coconino Plateau to the Grand Canyon, the San Francisco Peaks of Northern Arizona and the Mogollon Rim north of Payson, the Mazatzal Mountains, Santa Catalina north of Tucson, and the Rincon Mountains.
My family was personally impacted by Crohn’s Disease when my niece’s son, also named Joe, was diagnosed at age 12. He’s been cared for by Phoenix Children's Hospital ever since.
People don’t realize how much this disease affects a young person. I’ve watched Joe struggle with it over the years. As a family, we have made a commitment to find better treatments, and hopefully a cure someday.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Phoenix Children's Hospital, my goal is to raise at least $30,000. When I reach this goal, I will come home…Well, maybe... I’m really just hoping to make it back in time to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner, or at least watch the Super Bowl!
Why am I doing this, well for a couple of reasons: I’ve heard of other hikers' stories, and being a little bit of a hiker myself, I thought this would be a great way to see some of the most beautify land in the country. But in reality, what I am really doing this for is to raise money for a cause that my family and I care deeply about, for an organization that we know can help a lot of kids like Joe.
Arizona cachers will be combing the area that Joe is hiking in, in search of a new find. Let's get out there and plan a trip along his route and give him some real support; shake his hand, give him a fresh bottle of water, take a photo, anything that will add some support.
I am looking for a way to track his hike so we can find him. I will post an update when I find the best way to do this.