Three Chicago men and one of their friends will spend the next 5 months hiking the Appalachian Trail for charity.
Mike Healy, Erik Christensen, Christopher Mendrala and James Gower are hiking from Georgia to Maine with hopes of raising $25,000 to help the Mufindi Highlands Orphans Project fund a hospital in Tanzania. Thousands of children there have lost parents due to the ongoing AIDS epidemic.
The guys are all currently unemployed so they've been saving up their money to ensure that 100% of all donations go directly to the hospital fund. Christensen spent about two years in Tanzania as a Peace Corps volunteer, so he knows first hand how much help the people there need.
|Photo from the Mufindi Highlands Orphanage Project|