group pic 500I may have spoken too soon when I said that I did well with chemo earlier this week. Side effects came back with a real vengeance Tuesday afternoon and evening.

So, I was so happy to get the mail today. I received a remarkable set of photos from my Appalachian Trail family and it really lifted my spirits. My friends all posed with “Fierce Hope” and I just couldn’t believe my eyes.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy isn’t anything like a regular workplace. These folks genuinely care for each other (obviously) and they  are simply the kind of people who would do anything for you. Thank you so much, my dear friends. This meant more to me than you can imagine. I love and miss all of you so much.

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With Fierce Hope,


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2 Thoughts on “An Amazing Gift in the Mail!

  1. Margaret Kitzmiller on November 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm said:


  2. Jim, this is beautiful–I didn’t know everyone sending in photos. We are all family and but we have a special love for you.

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