Grand Valley State ATOs Spend Spring Break Walking 160 Miles To Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis


Brothers of Alpha Tau Omega at Grand Valley State University opted to spend their spring break in a little less traditional manner this year. Instead of raging face down in Panama City Beach, or casting off on a spring break cruise, the group of ATOs spent the majority of their spring break on the White Pine Trail, hiking from Allendale, Michigan to Traverse City, Michigan to raise money to help fight multiple sclerosis (MS).

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information with the brains and body.” The cause of MS is still unknown as well.

The 160 mile walk took eight days in total to finish, covering about 20 miles per day. While this year’s walk was spared from the colder temperatures that usually plague Michigan this time of year, some of the challenges faced along the way included muddy trails, blisters, and wet clothing, including shoes.

The walk has occurred annually over the past four years, raising over $100,000 to date for the National MS Society. Along with raising all that money, the brothers also seek to promote awareness about the disease itself. You can support their cause by donating here.

Nicely done fellas.

[via WZZM]

Image via Twitter/@ATOWalksHard

  1. NotRyanCole

    ATO at troy coming up with the idea in 2009 and walking to PCB for 7 years in a row for wounded warriors. TFM

    8 years ago at 11:56 am