Hike for Healing
Hike for Healing
Hike for Healing 2017 raised over $12,000 to help grieving hearts in Oklahoma!
The 7th annual Hike for Healing will be back in 2018. Check back soon for details.
This trail run - 5K for a cause - raises money to help grieving hearts in Tulsa and gives runners a way to honor their loved ones while creating happy memories.
Experience a run unlike any other through Tulsa’s own Turkey Mountain trails, then celebrate life, love and healing at the after party.
You don’t have to be an experienced runner to make a difference! The money raised at Hike for Healing provides professional grief counseling services to children and adults who have no way to pay, and every step counts.
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!
Kathryn LaFortune, J.D., Ph.D.
KWB Oil Property Management
Laura Gonsalves & Mark Short
At the 6th annual Hike for Healing, an AMAZING Board Member shared her personal grief journey and set a goal to raise $10,000 to help grieving hearts in Tulsa. With your help, she raised over $12,000!
This is her story:
On July 28th, 2007, my dad died. I had just finished my freshman year of college and didn’t quite know how to handle this, so I surrounded myself with a multitude of distractions over the next three years (only some of which were actually academic!) and I didn’t fully begin to treat and work through my grief until after college.
That process wasn’t easy for me. I had just graduated college, was working at my first big kid job, and was living alone in my home that was our college party house. My grief hit me like a wall. It was debilitating. I didn’t have the constant distractions of school or sorority life to assist me in ignoring my emotions. I was lonely, sad, and deeply depressed. I truly didn’t realize how far my grief had driven me until I checked in to a mental health facility to help deal with some of the darker thoughts of depression.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a total Type A person. I like order, I like having plans, and I LOVE control. But being in this depressive state put me in a deep fog feeling lost and unable to find my way out.
Luckily I had many friends, a supportive family, and even sweet pups to encourage me during this time. With their help, I was able to find a great therapist that helped me dig into my grief and take the reins back on my own life.
My favorite quote I found during my darkest hour was in a Glamour magazine. (You can see why I clung to it for so long ) “How do you find strength in the face of tragedy? The honest answer is you don’t. You take a breath, then another. You simply keep going.”
Going to therapy allowed me to breathe. Sharing my story with a counselor allowed me to breathe. Addressing my grief in a group setting helped me move forward. One day at a time.
Having access to those resources is something that truly saved my life.
In 2015 a good friend of mine called and told me he recently joined the board of The Tristesse Grief Center. The center provides professional, independent and affordable grief services to clients in Northeast Oklahoma regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, cultural background or socioeconomic status. I knew I had to get involved.
This year, I am once again co-chairing the Hike for Healing 2017 with Tyler Caldwell benefitting The Grief Center. All proceeds will fund the children’s grief counseling programs that are provided to schools, nonprofit partners serving at-risk children and teens, and in our clinic. These programs are provided at no cost to families, schools, and others in need throughout Northeast Oklahoma. In 2016, over 1,000 individuals received services through these outreach programs. This year, our Children’s Grief Education and Intervention Programs expanded to become a part of the national Camp Erin® network. Camp Erin Tulsa hosted 62 kids and teens this summer at absolutely no cost to them or their families. Nearly 80% of these children lost a parent or a sibling, and camp gave them a safe place to grieve, to heal, and to gain support with the guidance of professional grief counselors and trained volunteers.
For those of you who knew my father you can agree that he was always the man willing to get behind a good fundraising campaign. (Krispy Kreme donuts for Southwest Jr. High Choir anyone??) So here’s the ask; as we approach the anniversary of my dad’s death, please consider donating to this year’s Hike for Healing event in honor of my dad, Larry Shank.
Help us reach $10,000 to honor those 10 years by donating HERE: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/hikeforhealing2017
Grief isn’t always the easiest thing to talk about but is a likely journey several of us will face or have faced already. 10 years have passed since my dad’s death and I’m still figuring out how to move through life without him. There are days when I miss him more than ever and others when a memory flashes in bringing me joy. (like making popcorn balls in the kitchen!) All I can say with certainty is that I think he’d be proud of the work I’m doing and he’d support me in saying PLEASE DONATE:
Donate to support Hike for Healing 2017 $10,000 Campaign here.