Through Hiking for Huntington's Diseaseby Zack
06/14/2013 11:29:18 A.M.
As Father’s Day approaches, one local father will be without two of his children. But it could not be for a better reason. Jeff Dekorver has just let his two daughters, Erica and Devon, embark on an adventure that could be monumental in changing their lives and if all goes according to plan, the lives of so many other people.
The Dekorver’s lives have been forever altered by Huntington’s disease. Devon’s birth mother passed away from the disease when Devon was only 10. When she turned 18, Devon was diagnosed with the debilitating disease. Tragedies like this would be enough to cripple most families but this only inspired them to push forward and attempt to do something greater than themselves.
Today, Erica and Devon have set out to south bound thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Over the past 4 weeks I have spent a great deal of time outfitting and getting to know them. I can say that these two girls have made a lasting impression on me. Not only through their kindness but through their dedication and to being a part of something that could potentially help hundreds, if not thousands of people through the money that they raise.
If you have the time to take out of you day I strongly encourage you to take a look at their website and follow along as they grow and change with the trail. Devon and Erica will experience many trials and hardships on the trail and support from others will help them get through. So if you get the chance send them a note of encouragement, which will be relayed to them by Roxanne Dekorver.