Every day for the next six months Auburn alum Charlie Timberlake and his best friend Randy Wright will not wake up in the same place twice. That is because they will be hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in honor of their fellow Eagle Scout, Cam Street, who passed away in 2009.
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Timberlake, Wright and a group of close friends have joined together to create a non-profit organization called Hike for Cam. Through lump sum donations and money pledged per mile hiked, the group will be raising funds for Cure Childhood Cancer, the National Eagle Scout Association and The Lovett School Troop #304. All of which are charities chosen by the Street family.
Street was only 15 years old when he passed away from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that claims 400 lives a year and is usually found in young males. Street was diagnosed with the disease after complaining of pain in his ankles.
Already a Boy Scout, Street looked up to Timberlake and Wright who were Eagle Scouts in the same troop. With assistance from the Make-A-Wish Foundation they were happy to help him accomplish his dream. Street became an Eagle Scout in Troop #304 at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Ga.
“They had to do the ceremony from his hospital room through conference calls,” said Kristy Johnson, a friend of the hikers and the public relations contact for Hike for Cam. “He passed away a month later.”
So far Hike for Cam has been able to raise more than $12,000. $5,100 of that money is from pledges alone.
“One man donated 50 cents per mile,” said Johnson. “It ends up being more than $1,000 if they hike the entire 2,179 miles.”
Those who would like to donate a lump sum are asked to do so at one time through PayPal, but those who want to pledge money can do so online and will then be contacted after the hike is finished. Johnson and the other Hike for Cam team members who are not hiking plan to coordinate more fundraisers including dinners at restaurants around town who agree to donate a portion of their proceeds for a night.
“Even if we only raise $1,000 more it will make a little bit of difference,” said Johnson.
While the hike was set to begin on March 22, Wright suffered a collar bone injury which set them back three weeks. Timberlake and Wright will now begin their trek from Georgia to Maine on April 12. Johnson will be taking donations, gaining publicity for the team and updating the website while they are gone. She plans to join in the hike during the last few days.
“Helping with Hike for Cam has been a lot of work, but it’s really exciting,” said Johnson. “A lot of people don’t have the opportunity to be involved with something like this.”
Timberlake and Wright have always dreamt of doing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, but hiking for a cause is what will allow them to persevere and make their dream a reality.
“Being able to hike the AT, something I have always wanted to do, and raise money at the same time in honor of Cam Street is what makes this trip so special,” said Timberlake.
For more information about Hike for Cam, or if you wish to donate, please visit www.hikeforcam.org
or “like” Hike for Cam on Facebook.