One Man's Trek For Hope
Former army medic Matt Parrish is going for a walk. He packed his rucksack, grabbed a solar charger for his iPhone, a few extra batteries, a sleeping bag, some rations and water and is going for walk.
On January 19th, 2011 he started walking from Tampa, Florida. His destination? Los Angeles, California. His mode of transportation? His feet. Like I said, Matt is going for a walk. In fact, he plans on making it a round trip, walking around 5000 miles from Tampa to Los Angeles and back. So the question would be, why is the 31-year-old father of a young son, who resides in Georgia, walking from Tampa to L.A. and back? It's all for charity of course.
"This is the 'Trek for Hope,'" explained Parrish. "The Special Operations Warrior Foundation Tampa to LA round-trip for all the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines."
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, based in Tampa, is one of those military charities you rarely hear anything about. That's because they work on behalf of soldiers you rarely hear anything about. They provide ongoing educational support (via around three million dollars in donations annually) to the children of special ops soldiers killed in action. Matt has put up his own fund-raising page for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, where his modest goal of $25,000 is being tracked.
Matt has a long road ahead of him. He has no intention of taking rides from anyone, though he will most likely take any meals provided to him by kind strangers. The original plan was to make the round trip by the end of July, but considering he's already been stopped by weather and interested parties, a more reasonable expectation is December. One might wonder why he doesn't just put his head down and walk without talking to people; well if he does that, then it kind of defeats the purpose of spreading the word about the foundation and what he's trying to do.Continued on the next page