Monday, April 20, 2015

In which I ask you to consider donating to a worthy cause

On Sunday, March 15th, 2015, Jason Parish was killed instantly when a dead tree fell on him while hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. He had just spent an incredible weekend with two friends, Miki and Kelly, and they were ready to hike back to the truck, grab some pancakes, and then head home.

Hikers and campers on the scene did everything they could to save Jason, but there was nothing that could be done. Emergency repsonders from Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance made it to the remote scene in less than an hour.

All 3 were seasoned outdoorsmen, and had prepared for this trip. Maps were consulted, gear was inventoried, back-up plans were discussed. The morning of the accident, Miki and Kelly noted the windy conditions and acknowledged that as the 3 hiked out, they'd all have to keep an eye on the trees.

In the days following this tragic, untimely loss, Maryland Department of Natural Resources shut down the shelters to inspect trees and perform maintenance.

We are collecting money from friends, colleagues, family, strangers, and other lovers of the outdoors in the hopes of being able to make 3 significant donations in Jason's name to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance, and First State Animal Center and SPCA. Additionally, we are collecting money towards a memorial plaque to (hopefully) be mounted at the shelter where Jason died.

Any and every amount helps. It is our goal to have these donations and plaque ready to go before September 2015. We set a modest initial goal of $2,500 and nearly met that in the first day. We've raised that goal to $5,000, and hope that each and every person who was touched by Jason's gentle, humble, generous spirit will contribute, allowing us the opportunity to make a substantial gift in Jason's memory.

We are 75% to our second, modest fundraising goal, and I know with your help, we can meet and beat that goal! Please visit, and donate today.

To hear Jason's music, check out this link.

News stories can be found at the following links:

Washington Post