Dave and Michelle's 50 miles of the AT
Couple Dr. Michelle Marinone and Dave Shyloski initially met founder James Leitner in the Summer of 2015 during a particularly turbulent fire season in Southern California. Since moving to the East Coast in 2017, they have remained in touch and participated in a fundraiser “Arrow’s Water Quest” a 100-mile hike from NJ to CT, in the Summer of 2018. This year, James will again be joining Dave and Michelle for another section hike along the Appalachian Trail in Michelle’s home state of Massachusetts to help kick off funding for Mission Clean Water’s next project. Michelle and Dave feel that caring for the voiceless is even more important now with Climate refugees facing new challenges by the season, often forcing people to walk further and further in search of many of the basic necessities we rely on without effort or consequence. Water being the most elemental of resources a community, a mother, a child can be given.
Fred Rogers once said: "We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Michelle, Dave, and James hope to share some of the responsibility of lifting up the less fortunate, during their 3 day journey.