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Healing Through Hiking

Hi everyone!

Update 6/1/2013: Great news! With the addition of Maj Robert Carreon, US Air Force, to the team, we've seen a huge bump in our fundraising. Because of this, we're knocking the goal up to $10,000. This is twice the current goal and FOUR TIMES the original goal of $2500. Thank you so much for your continued support! The hike is a mere 34 days away. If you want to keep up on Robert's and my progress during the hike, including out location on a map, make sure to like the Facebook page. Thanks!

 Update 11/19/2012: Due to the tremendous response I've received, I've increased my fundraising goal. Thanks to everyone for your generosity! Keep spreading the word!

To keep up on the latest on my endeavor, please Like my new Facebook page: Healing Through Hiking!

I'm new to fundraising, which is ironic since my dad spent his entire career doing it and I have some amazing friends who are really good at it, but earlier this year I committed to hiking The Colorado Trail, 500 miles from Durango to Denver. It started as a personal pursuit, but someone suggested to me that it would be a good opportunity to use it to raise funds for a cause. It suddenly seemed obvious to me that I should do so to aid a cause very personal to me: The Wounded Warrior Project.

As many of you know, I'm a Lieutenant Colonel in the Colorado Army National Guard. I have also served on Active Duty and in the Army Reserve over my 16 year (so far!) career. I have deployed twice overseas, in 1998 and in 2003, the latter being as an Engineer Company Commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While on this tour, I lost a tremendous Non-Commissioned Officer, Staff Sergeant Mark Lawton, and several Soldiers were wounded in various engagements. I share these details not as self-promotion, but to provide some understanding of my motivations.

While the tireless efforts of the Veterans Administration and numerous other non-profit groups have greatly improved the physical recovery, and career and educational opportunities available to veterans, there still exists a void in addressing the psychological well-being of our Wounded Warriors.  This is where the Wounded Warrior Project comes in. Their programs seek to positively impact the unseen wounds of war on what I feel is our next Greatest Generation. I urge you to visit their site and become familiar with their work.

My trip, planned for the month of July 2013, is completely self-funded and supported logistically by some good friends and family. That means that every dollar donated here will go directly to the WWP and the veterans that need our help.

Finally, I would like to recognize the support of my wife, Kimberly, in this endeavor. She thinks I'm nuts - she's probably right - but she's behind me 100 percent and is the reason I hope to be able to take a selfish endeavor and do something good.

Thank you,
Rick Burtt

This effort is entirely that of me and my supporters. Any reference to my military rank or service is purely biographical and does not specify or imply endorsement by the Colorado Army National Guard or the United States Army.

Total Raised

$8,570.00

Funded: 85.7%
Donors
Jason Barlow
$50.00
1332 days ago
Robert & Janis Black
$100.00
1345 days ago
James & Dorothy Sullivan
$100.00
1345 days ago
Rick Burtt
$100.00
1384 days ago
Rick Burtt
$50.00
1384 days ago
Wayne Pasanen
$100.00
1393 days ago
Aurora Grabski
$100.00
1408 days ago
Maria/Robert McDowell
$100.00
1409 days ago
Melissa Jones
$250.00
1410 days ago
Thomas Berger
$25.00
1415 days ago
John & Michele Hogan
$25.00
1416 days ago
Scott Houde
$50.00
1426 days ago
Arika Hunt
$100.00
1431 days ago
Victor Corella
$20.00
1434 days ago
Timothy Dunn
$100.00
1440 days ago
Krista Weister
$50.00
1442 days ago
Ramon Carreon
$100.00
1447 days ago
Jennifer Rosenthal
$50.00
1451 days ago
Shirley Barry
$500.00
1456 days ago
linda brubaker
$100.00
1459 days ago
Daniel Willman
$200.00
1460 days ago
Ken Ijichi
$50.00
1462 days ago
William Lebzelter
$50.00
1466 days ago
Sheila Gilet
$50.00
1468 days ago
David Wallace
$100.00
1469 days ago
Tony Simi
$50.00
1471 days ago
George Leahey
$200.00
1471 days ago
Robert Caruso
$100.00
1475 days ago
Herb & Carolyn Bennett
$50.00
1476 days ago
Joleen Fuenzalida
$50.00
1477 days ago
John Sullivan
$500.00
1477 days ago
James Shannon III
$100.00
1478 days ago
Rick and Martha Hansson
$229.00
1478 days ago
Evan Dimitriou
$50.00
1479 days ago
Don Therrien
$50.00
1479 days ago
Julie Ramstetter
$50.00
1481 days ago
Teresa Eickel
$25.00
1499 days ago
Erin and Jamey Brenner
$50.00
1544 days ago
Brian Mayard
$35.00
1546 days ago
Veera Perumaalla
$15.00
1549 days ago
James Blottman
$20.00
1549 days ago
Praveen Singh
$25.00
1549 days ago
Guy Thornton
$250.00
1556 days ago
Ricahrd Sanchez
$5.00
1561 days ago
Deborah Ringsmuth
$1,000.00
1561 days ago
Michael Carter
$150.00
1562 days ago
ZELDA AND EUAN HANNA
$25.00
1575 days ago
Judy Sancomb
$25.00
1578 days ago
Robert Datson
$400.00
1613 days ago
Chris & Jessica Grund
$20.00
1629 days ago
Michael Jaurrieta
$15.00
1629 days ago
Shannon Lorimer
$50.00
1645 days ago
Brandon Johnson
$800.00
1652 days ago
Terry McSheehy
$100.00
1666 days ago
Cris Simon
$101.00
1679 days ago
Michael McCormick
$100.00
1679 days ago
Emily Padilla
$10.00
1680 days ago
Richard. & Priscilla Burtt
$100.00
1695 days ago
David Wilson
$100.00
1696 days ago
Paul Altimier
$100.00
1696 days ago
Jenny and Pat Carroll
$50.00
1696 days ago
Rob Lawton
$75.00
1696 days ago
Eric Pearson
$40.00
1697 days ago
Carla Coleman
$25.00
1697 days ago
Annette & Dave Abbott
$30.00
1699 days ago
Lindsey Whorton
$50.00
1699 days ago
daniel johnson
$100.00
1699 days ago
Roland Simon
$50.00
1707 days ago
Steve and Christen Johnston
$30.00
1708 days ago
Javid Campbell-Cohen
$50.00
1708 days ago
Emily Burtt
$100.00
1708 days ago
Michael Carter
$150.00
1708 days ago
Kevin Ellson
$25.00
1708 days ago
Curtis Carney
$150.00
1708 days ago
Steph & Justin Richards
$100.00
1708 days ago
Jason Barlow
$50.00
1708 days ago
LINDA CARROLL
$25.00
1708 days ago