Hays Hike 19


Hiking the Appalachian Trail for A Cause


May 2019

Appalachian Trail - North Carolina 

My name is Guy M. Hays and I live in Wake Forest, NC with my loving wife Nancy Owen. I am a realtor with Fonville Morisey Realty, and I have let my office manager know that I am going out on the trail. If it means anything to this story I have served in the U.S Coast Guard and the Maryland National Guard (Army) as an enlisted man. 

I am doing this hike to raise money for the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). My nephew, Timothy Gavallas, has multiple myeloma, and the foundation has given him spiritual support and a network of friends that have helped he and his family face their battle with myeloma. 

Last fall I got the name 'Uncle Turtle' when I hiked a portion of the Long Trail with Timothy. When my foot slipped off a rock in the middle of a muddy area on the trail, I tried to pull myself out. But my foot popped out of my shoe and I went over on my back. With my legs and arms flailing around, Tim said that I "turtled". That's when I started calling myself Turtle. I went from Uncle Guy, to Uncle Turtle and began introducing myself as Uncle Turtle to the other hikers. I am not a fast hiker, but I hope to get better as I hike the A.T. 

Two weeks ago, I did a 35-mile training hike on the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, NC. I plan to do another 30-mile hike in two weeks. Since I am doing these hikes on the Trail in the same year, I will include them in my overall hike total. I will continue to do more until I begin what is called a Flip-Flop hike. A Flip-Flop hike is when you hike from a selected point in the trail to one terminus, and then come back to that point to hike to the other terminus of the trial. 




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I will turn 66 in May 2019 and will be celebrating! If you wish to help me celebrate, you can do so by making an online donation. Thank you for sharing in this wonderful adventure with me! 

If you would like to support the event, you may do so by clicking
on the DONATE button above. Or you can send a check, payable to:
International Myeloma Foundation Attn: Suzanne Battaglia 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206 North Hollywood, CA 91607
Please note in the Memo/For Line: Hays Hike 

All proceeds to benefit the International Myeloma Foundation