A special thank you to my old friend, Stephen Norman, for his dedication in helping to promote the event even though we are on opposite sides of the country.
Thank you to William "Spanky" Gibson for connecting me with the Semper Fi Fund.
I would also like to express my gratitude to Madeline from SFF for her help in getting the fundraiser organized.
A huge shout out goes to my employer, Dotty's Casino in Helena, Montana, for their support and affording me the opportunity to return to my position when I've completed the trail.
To my step-daughter Bridget: Don't worry. I will be fine and I look forward to seeing you and the lil' guy once I get to your neck of the woods.
To my wife: Even though we're going to be apart I believe that this endeavor will bring us closer together and make our bond that much stronger.
Thank you very much to all who've donated to the Appalachian Trail Fundraiser and the Semper Fi Fund.
The most important thank you of all is to the current and former members of our Armed Services. Thank you for the selfless sacrifices you endure as you display your Honor, your Courage, and your Commitment to the preservation of our freedom.