Josh Kasaija and Paul Collins
Josh Kasaija and Paul Collins

We are doing our third Hike for Duchenne on October 30th at 8:00 AM, Uganda time. That is 1:00 AM, New York time. So far we have 3 committed participants: Paul Collins, Josh Kasaija and myself. We will be hiking Mount Karangura Trail in Western Uganda. The screenshot of the description from the All Trails app is below.

This will be a 5000 feet elevation gain hike! That would be a new personal best in elevation gain for me. The most elevation gain that I have done to date is about 3000 feet. The distance of hike is only 11 miles but I’m anticipating that it will be quite grueling. Paul and Josh are in their late 20s, so this hike shouldn’t be hard for them hahaha.

We are doing this hike as a fundraiser for our ministry to the Kayongas while Teina, Celia and I are in Uganda. We need to raise about $2755 for setting them up in a good position to take care of the three brothers – Julius, Herbert and Emma. Julius is 17, Herbert is 14 and Emma is 10.

As you might imagine, caring for these three boys is exceedingly difficult. We are trying to setup their father with a business so that he can be self-sustainable in caring for them. We are also raising the funds to purchase wheelchairs and other supplies to care for them and help improve their quality of life.

My sons, Everett and Austin, had the best care imaginable in the US while they were alive. Unfortunately for the Kayongas and others like them living in poor countries, care is virtually non-existent. Teina, Celia and I are going over to Uganda for two weeks starting on October 21, 2019. We hope to accomplish much in bringing comfort to the Kayongas.

Please support our cause by pledging and donating $1 or more per mile that we will be hiking. Again, it’s only 11 miles long. Thank you!

Mount Karangura Trail

Mount Karangura is a 11.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kazingo, Kabarole, Uganda that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round.

By Tim Gillen

I'm a born-again christian, sold out to serving the needs of the less fortunate and in Sub-Saharan Africa. I founded The Everett and Austin Project in October 2018 to honor my 2 boys posthumously by helping people living in poverty going thru Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and other rare diseases. My sons each died of Duchenne, Austin in 2012 at age 16 and Everett in 2017 at age 22.

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