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Grand Canyon Hike-a-thon: A Fundraiser for the Oley Foundation
Donations in support of Rick have just reached the $15,000 mark! Congratulations, Rick.
We invite you to view magnificent photos of the Oley hikers, Rick Davis and Paul Armiger. On behalf of all Oley members we congratulate them on a great effort and thank them for sharing their time and energy. I know you'll enjoy each and every snapshot! And Rick promises to do this again… in the Spring. We're all invited to join him. Sign up today at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also thank ThriveRX for their tremendous support and each and every contributor for helping to make this an extremely successful fundraising effort. Oley President, stroke survivor, and former CEO of the Salt Lake CVB , Rick Davis, hiked across the Grand Canyon, south rim to north rim this October. He needed to consume over 4,000 calories and more than two gallons of water. Because he cannot swallow, he uses a feeding tube for nutrition and hydration. Rick took on this challenge to raise money for Oley programs.
Rick is looking for others to join the Spring hiking team. For more details on the hike, contact: Rick Davis, 2761 Jean Lafitte Dr, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034; (904) 710-9159; or email@example.com.
Many patients who require this nutrition therapy are unaware of the help available from the Foundation. Rick is raising funds to reach more patients who are depressed and struggling. Consider making a corporate or individual donation to support Rick’s “hike-a-thon” for Oley.
All donations will go toward Oley Foundation programs. If you are able, Rick’s suggesting donations of $10.00 per mile for his hike ($20 for two miles; $125 for rim to the river; $250 for rim to rim; $500 for across and back). You can donate by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express) at www.oley.org, or write a check to “The Oley Foundation” and send it to 214 Hun Memorial, Albany Medical Center MC-28, Albany, NY 12208. Please indicate the gift is in honor of Rick’s hike-a-thon, so we can thank you appropriately.
More About Rick
Rick Davis has been 100% dependent on enteral nutrition since a stroke paralyzed his esophagus. His right side and balance were also affected by the stroke. He could not raise his right arm and his leg was so weak he had to use a walker. But, he was determined to recover his abilities, in spite of fatigue and the nausea and vomiting caused by tube feeding. Soon, he could walk a block without assistance; then several blocks; then a mile; then several miles; finally he was hiking again. He re-learned how to ski and ride his bike. But, his esophagus is still paralyzed. For more than a year, he sat under an IV pole for ten hours every day, feeding himself. The Oley Foundation helped him manage his therapy more effectively and more quickly. They also helped him cope with being unable to eat or drink, but still enjoy being with people who eat and drink normally. Today, he helps other patients learn similar skills.