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A Day in the life of an ALS patient

We would like to bring to your attention Royce Cowan.  He is a customer of ours and is a 27 year old ALS patient.  We consider him to be quite inspirational.  He is following his passion of backpacking in a really light way.

Here is what he has to say in his first post:

“My number one goal is staying alive for many years to come and secondly to hike every trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park has approximately 900 miles of trails which can only be done through certain trail logistics that ads-on even more miles, the average being 1500….  A final thought to anyone reading the blog. Whatever life throws at you take action as soon as you can. I now see this disease as a challenge. I feel as I have a new purpose in life and I plan on giving it my all in order to fulfill that purpose. Which is to help others heal their spirit, heal their health, heal their earth and heal others.”

Hike on Royce, we admire your spirit and wish for you many more hikes to come.

4 Responses to A Day in the life of an ALS patient

  1. Reggie January 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Way to go Royce. The only way to be is positive. You rock on.

  2. Glen January 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder that it’s not about how long we live, but how well we do life.

  3. Bill Trufant January 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Thanks Gossamer Gear for highlighting Royce. If your readers would like to assist Royce and his wife Natalie directly, please contact me for details. We have formed a fund raising group, HIKE ON WITH NATALIE & ROYCE, to help remodel their home. Your donations go to them 100%.
    E-mail me at and I’ll send you our information. Thank you for your consideration! Bill Trufant

  4. King Logan January 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Lets all “Hike On!” with Royce and Natalie. If you love the outdoors, especially things like kayaking and hiking, you’d really love this young couple in North Carolina. Married to Natalie just last May, Royce was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease only a few months later, and now the young couple are on a challenging journey few of us could imagine enduring. Their immediate goal is to renovate their modest home in Waynesville, NC, in preparation for Royce’s anticipated needs. If you can help us, contact or me at Thank you!

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