The PCT, Red Cross and Trail Combs

If you’ve been following my journey to the PCT at all, then you know I’ve been fundraising to help make this hike a reality. The money raised will help me cover the costs of hiking for 5 or 6 months but I want it to be more than that.  I’d like to raise as much money as possible so that I have enough left over to make a sizable donation. Initially, I picked out Because I Said I Would as the non-profit I wanted to donate to. While I still think it’s a great organization and support their cause, I realized it just wasn’t quite the right path for me.

I have decided that I want to raise money for the American Red Cross- and here’s why. There is absolutely nothing I can do to change the outcome of the car accident that took the life of one of the people who I was closest to in my life. However, if I can do something that might save someone from going through the same pain that I, and the rest of Trail’s family and friends, have been going through for the last two years, then that’s what I want to do.

When I see or hear about a car accident now, it’s a much more personal thing. It’s no longer a matter of curiosity and wondering what happened. It’s now an awful sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, wondering if someone is about to start down the same path that I’ve been on for two years- and that’s learning to live without someone who you thought would be in your life forever. It is something that still plagues me on a daily basis and I hope that this hike and fundraiser will help me put a more positive spin on the situation. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. Roughly 1 pint of blood is given in a single donation- which means it can take as many as 100 people to save one car accident victim. Giving blood seems like a small price to pay to save the life of someone you love- or someone you don’t even know.

At the end of my hike I will be giving a donation to the Red Cross in memory of Trail Combs so please make a donation to my fundraiser and help me honor his memory!

One thought on “The PCT, Red Cross and Trail Combs

  1. I know the Red Cross fills an important need, but every pint of blood given freely to them is sold for a profit (the cost of a pint of blood sold to a hospital averages $150). Not only that, they often will divide whole blood into many components, components sold to drug manufacturers for manufacturing very expensive medications. The Red Cross posted Revenue of $3,200,000,000. in 2012, yesl, that is 3 Billion, 200 Million dollars.
    And the American Red Cross still discriminates against all gay men (they say this is a result of the FDA, but the FDA has no such regulation, this is solely a corporate policy for the ARC) by completely refusing to accept blood or platelet donations from them. This is a regressive social policy, NOT a sound medical policy.
    I appreciate your concerns for the work that the American Red Cross does, but do not put them up on a pedestal, they are just another for profit company.

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