7/18/16 – 5:30 A.M.
Kelsey Magee died at a young age and one of her teachers wanted to help her memory live on. Mark Marshall created the Hike for Kelsey, where he and a small group tried to hike 72 miles in seven days across the Smoky Mountain National Park in the Appalachian Mountains.
The hike was unfortunately cut short due to bad weather. Mark and his group managed to hike 46 miles in four days before thunderstorms made conditions too dangerous to continue. Marshall says he was on track to accomplish his goal and will try it again.
Despite not making it the 72 miles, Marshall did reach the money amount he wanted to raise. The goal was to raise $5,000 and Marshall says the trip totaled $5,500 with more money on the way. Marshall says there will be a bbq chicken dinner on Sunday, July 24th where he hopes there will be a big reveal of how much money was raised.
The Magee family has provided scholarships for over 70 students in the last 8 years. Marshall says he just wanted to help raise money so that they could continue to do so.
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