What did one man do when faced with the unspeakable, untimely loss of his younger brother? He set out on a 2,186-mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Now he shares his journey of healing on the higher road in "Don's Brother: A Hike of Hope on the Appalachian Trail. "A tribute to faith, family, and personal fortitude, this moving account will captivate outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who is navigating the tough emotional terrain of grief.
When the author's younger brother, Don, was diagnosed with ALS, Stephens promised to complete a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. However, the author may not have mentioned his method of doing so. Rather than carrying a full pack every day, he only occasionally slept in the woods, instead often opting for shuttles to nearby "trail towns" and beds. Along the way, he also committed to sharing Don's story, using the trail name "Don's Brother" and raising awareness for ALS.
While reflecting on his brother's deep faith, devotion to family, and resolve in the face of his horrendous disease, the author's personal accomplishment and profound healing will move anyone to hit the road and take heart in the boundless capacity of brotherly love.
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