Woman with Multiple Sclerosis Will Be Trekking 2,200 Miles on the Appalachian Trail with Her Husband to Raise Awareness

On May 4, 2020 a Beaufort, SC husband and wife team comprised of Bernie and April Hester begin the journey of a lifetime as they embark on a 2,200-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Traversing over mountains, trails, cities and roadways April, who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), is hoping that her efforts dubbed the “Finish MS Hike” will bring much-needed awareness to multiple sclerosis and can help and inspire others afflicted with this incurable disease.

It’s important to note that April is not alone. Hers is just one of the approximately 400 new cases of multiple sclerosis diagnosed each week, contributing to the more than 1,000,000 people in the United States living with this disabling neurological condition. While most individuals are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, multiple sclerosis can be developed at any age.

Over the past 2 years the couple has thru hiked the 500-mile Palmetto Trail in South Carolina three times and the rugged remote 77 mile Foothills Trail traversing the South Carolina mountains twice to prepare for this upcoming hike.

For those interested, the couple is encouraging others to follow along with them on their adventure. They have established a trail journal that they will be posting to throughout the hike at www.trailjournals.com/muleandinchwormAThike, as well as on Instagram @Mule_Inchworm and a map showing their location.

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