My husband, Rand Herron, is a quadriplegic who has been paralyzed from the mid-chest down for 40 years. He broke his neck when he was just 17 years old in a diving accident. We met when Rand was 17 and I was 21 at Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center in 1977 and our lives have been quite the journey.
Rand is the reason I became a physical therapist and I was one of the first 4 physical therapists to work at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Shepherd Center is the top rehab facility for those who have suffered a spinal cord or brain injury. After being a physical therapist for 36 years, I am retiring at the end of March. I have waited to hike the AT since my 20's and now I have the opportunity to do that as my mission.
For every mile I hike, I will be raising money for spinal cord injury research for the Shepherd Center. I have dedicated my hike to my husband, Rand, and I have named it Rand's Walk on the AT and will raise money to honor those who cannot walk. The Appalachian National Scenic trail, is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. ...It will take me 6 months to complete this life changing Hike! Thank you for supporting my efforts on this endeavor.
Follow my journey. My trail name is Helper and given name is Cathy McLendon.