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Shana McClain hiked the Appalachian Trail for CRI

Whisperwind

Shana McClain

Trail: Appalachian Trail     Goal: 200 Miles
Dates: Apr 11 2018 - Apr 25 2018
Im a wife and mom who loves spending time hiking with my family when not working my full time job. I have seen first hand what cancer can do to a person and their loved ones suffering with the illness. So, I thought why not combine doing what I love ... more
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5

$0.56

$112.00

71

$39.76

$0.00

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is the world's only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to harnessing the immune system's power to conquer all cancers.
Journal

Day 6 on the Appalachian trail

Blue Mountain shelter to Unicoi Gap - Mile 71 - Apr 23rd, 2018

Had to pack up my tent in the rain somewhat, it wasn't too bad though. I got more wet from sweating than anything. We had to finish hiking up and over Blue Mountain and then down, we hiked in the clouds for the most part, it was cool and eerie at the same time. I was able to get a messiest to Joe and had asked for info on a rental car because in , my heart of hearts I was done! I didn't want to be alone in the woods ever again without my husband/bestfriend! It's funny the things you go through to see what has been in front of you all along. Joe and i have ALWAYS been very close, we have been best friends and we share everything but I didn't realize just how much I couldn't live without him until this trip. I have always loved being in the wilderness and roughing it because he and I were always together so it never seemed bad at all but when you feel so incomplete because the love of your life isn't with you to share the beauty around you then it's time to reevaluate what you're doing. It's funny the reason I am doing this hike is in honor of those who have suffered through cancer but if what I am doing is making me so miserable because I am not with my family then I don't think it is worth it and it loses its purpose. I feel like those who have lost family members to cancer would for sure say "go home and spend every precious moment with the family you love and who loves you because life is too short to be alone".
So with that being said I hike to my pickup spot and waited for the love of my life to once again rescue me, he wasn't having me come home by way of rental car, he said "No, I'm coming to get you and bringing you home myself" and thAt is what he did!
What I have learned: yes, life is too short so spend it with the ones you love doing the things you all love while making memories TOGETHER!

Whisperwind

Blue Mountain shelter to Unicoi Gap - Mile 71 - Apr 23rd, 2018

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Thank you Christina!!! You have been such a great supporter, thank you for all the prayers and encouragement!

Shana McClain

Apr 25 2018 08:44AM

So proud of you and Joe! Y'all are an amazing team. I have witnessed it first hand. The love y'all have is beautiful!

Christina Fleming

Apr 25 2018 06:31AM

Dusting your boots off and pulling them up by the straps and getting back in the saddle! So much love for you Shana!!

Christina Fleming

Apr 18 2018 6:13PM

Good Luck Mom!!! See you next 2 weeks!

Caleb Fleming

Apr 12 2018 7:43PM

Hope all is well!! Hope you are enjoying your time in beautiful nature. Kids say they love and miss you

Christina Fleming

Apr 12 2018 07:18AM

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