2,650 mile hike for charity

Ashland, Ore.– 2,650 miles. That’s the length of the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico.  That’s also the distance hiker James Trafford will travel on foot and it’s all in the name of giving.

“I heard about the Pacific Crest Trail when I was young and I wanted to do it one day,” says Trafford.  “And now is the time.”

Trafford started his trek six weeks ago and while he’s making his way along the PCT by himself, he isn’t alone.

“I have had so much support.”

Along with provisions to last his four month journey, Trafford is taking with him the stories of children who suffer from Prader-Willi Syndrome or PWS.

“I met a lady with a two year old daughter with PWS and that’s what made me want to do this,” Trafford explains.

The rare genetic condition has several symptoms including poor muscle development and not being able to control food intake, often causing people to overeat leading to extreme pain.

“I want to make a real difference.”

That’s why Trafford has given up his job and  sold all his belongings to spend this time raising money for Prader Willi Syndrome Association UK.  He hopes that money will help find a cure.

“They suffer everyday through life and my suffering is going to end,” he reasons. “I’ve had sometimes where I’m like what am I doing here?  It’s been pretty painful, but you know, it’s worth it.”

You can keep up with James’ journey by following him on Facebook or Instagram.  Search for @JamesForPWSA.

You can give to the charity James is giving to, Prader Willi Syndrome Association UK by clicking this link.

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