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Duo heads south, Appalachian Trail hike moved to Fla.

By PRESS RELEASE | Dec 21, 2017
Courtesy of: JEAN SCHRECENGOST Friends, Jean Schrecengost, left, and Melissa Ordway will walk the Appalachian Trail from Pensacola to the Everglades in Florida while raising awareness and funds for the local Jesse Klump Memorial Fund.

(Dec. 22, 2017) Two intrepid women began a long Appalachian Trial hike in support of the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund last week, but due to unforeseen circumstances, Snow Hill resident Jean Schreccengost and her friend, Melissa Ordway of Alaska, have had to change their venue.

They will now be hiking the Florida Trail from Pensacola to the Everglades, 1,000 miles.

“I commend and admire these two women for continuing their mission despite setbacks. They are an inspiration to many who struggle with mental illness and suicidal thoughts,” said Fund President Kim Klump. “They are spreading the word about warning signs of depression and suicide and fundraising for the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund.”

Schrecengost, 37, and Ordway, 36, were scheduled to start their trek in New Hampshire on Dec. 13 and head south before finishing up on Feb. 1 in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, depending on the weather. Now they have moved further south. They will still be distributing information about suicide prevention and awareness in addition to posting on Facebook throughout their journey.

This is not their first time on the trail. The duo completed the Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Pine Grove portion of the trail, from April to July in 2013. The entire Appalachian Trial is approximately 2,181 miles.

“The goal is to raise at least $10,000 for the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund,” Schrecengost said. “This is an important and worthy cause because it affects every single person in the world. A large part of the greater community is struggling with addiction, which is a part of mental health. It is important to create a space to talk about it and not be ashamed.”

Visit “On The Trail To End Suicide” on Facebook for updates. Donate at https://jessespaddle.donorpages.com/OntheTrailtoEndSuici/OntheTrailtoEndSuiciname.

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