Father of Two with ALS Embarks on 600-Mile Appalachian Trail Hike to Raise Awareness: ‘He’s a Strongest Person we …
June 22, 2017 - als
Rick Marks is a male on a mission.
The father of dual was diagnosed with a fast-progressing ALS disease, also famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in Oct 2016 — and with assistance from tighten friends and his amatory mother Eileen Marks, Rick is holding a leave of deficiency from his pursuit during Bank of America in Boston to travel 600 miles of a Appalachian Trail.
“It’s really ambitious!” Eileen tells PEOPLE of her husband, who has been a hiker for many years. “But it’s what he wants to do, and he’s a strongest chairman we know.
“We have so most certainty in him, there’s no doubt he will attain in creation a difference.”
Rick, who has exceedingly enervated neck muscles due to ALS and can no longer pronounce (he uses a text-to-speech app to communicate), is being accompanied by opposite friends and family members during his desirous trek. Eileen is tracking his swell closely and will broach reserve as needed.
On Saturday, he set out from Mount Greylock, a top healthy indicate in Massachusetts, with his tighten friend, Ted Kellogg.
If they accomplish a hike, Rick will finish adult during Maine’s Mount Katahdin.
On Thursday, Rick and his Ted updated their blog with news from a trail.
“The continue is branch cold tonight (51 degrees gets cold after a few hours outside) so we’re going to exam my Boy Scout glow building skills,” writes Ted. “If we see a glow design over a subsequent few days you’ll know it worked. If not, don’t tell a Boy Scouts!”
Check behind on PEOPLE.com as we follow Rick on his implausible journey.