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Man with ALS Hikes 600-Mile Appalachian Trail


With a little help from friends, family and volunteers, a determined father-of-two from Massachusetts is hiking the Appalachian Trail even though he was diagnosed with ALS the past year around Thanksgiving.

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Despite the shocking diagnosis, Rick Marks, 55 and from Winchester, Mass., is bouncing back and raising awareness of ALS by doing something he loves: hiking. He is currently in the process of conquering the mountain summits stretching from Maine to Massachusetts. He has been a hardcore man of the outdoors way back since his eldest son became a member of the Boy Scouts. Speaking through a machine, Marks said: “I decided the only way through this is to stay as positive as I could and I asked my family to do the same.”

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The determined Marks wouldn’t have it any other way, as revealed by his wife Eileen. “He’s been much more positive, consistently, than the rest of us have,” she said. “It’s been difficult, and sometimes we have to make him let us be sad.”

It was as early as January when Marks made the decision to embark on this challenging journey with hopes of raising awareness as well as research funds so that no one will have to go through what he and his family are going through. When he was first giving the shocking news, he said that he “was stunned. I did not expect this diagnosis at all.”

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Eileen shared: “He could have definitely done it in January. Even in January, he was still skiing out in Utah. [But] he wasn’t able to do the hike the way he originally envisioned it.”

The supportive wife explained that although her husband will now have to do the hike slower than he expected, Marks remains determined to hike the trail by sections. He assured: “My hike is going very well so far. I have seen some beautiful parts of New England. I have fallen a number of times but the friends who are hiking with me have been a big help.”

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