"The Long Way Home" in Support of PTSD
On May 1, 2015, Kate MacEachern of The Long Way Home organization will begin a 3,100 km walk from Nipawin, Saskatchewan to Chilliwack, British Columbia to raise funds in support of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness and treatment. Funds raised through the walk will support the following organizations: Wounded Warriors Weekend, The NASH Project, PAWS Fur Thought, and Alpha K9.
Kate will wear a GPS tracker on her walk so people can follow her progress through her website at www.thelongwayhome.com. She will pass by the following Saskatchewan communities:
• Prince Albert
• North Battleford
Four therapy horses and two therapy dogs from The Nash Project will accompany Kate on her journey. The Nash Project is a non-profit organization based in Lethbridge, Alberta, that trains horses and dogs to assist people with PTSD and other special needs.
Kate MacEachern served 8 years in the Canadian Army as a Tanker. At work in 2007, she suffered grievous injuries including a broken neck, spinal cord damage, and a fractured skull. Her family was told she would remain in a vegetative state indefinitely; she walked out 9 days later. She suffered a stroke from her injuries and again recovered to return to work. Kate founded the non-profit organization The Long Way Home to create awareness and funds for the treatment of PTSD. In 2012, she walked 576 km from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia, and in 2013, she walked 1,864 km from Cape Breton to Ottawa.
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