An up to 5-mile hike symbolizing the distance that a parent in a developing country has to travel on foot to try to gain access to surgical care for their child. Walk a few miles in their shoes and help us provide them the care they desperately need.

Join us on our  Hike to Mend. Registration is open for the virtual part of our campaign. Register and walk around your neighborhood, hike your favorite trail, bike a few miles, jog on your treadmill, climb stairs, sail, or swim a few laps.

Record the distance on your smart devices and share your trek with us on Facebook tagging @mendingkids, or on Instagram using #hike2mend

Together, let’s honor their journey, support Mending Kids and provide their children with the surgical care they need.

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Why we hike

Hike to Mend was inspired by Joel’s aunt who traveled clear across Tanzania to try to save her young - orphaned - nephew who was dying of congenital heart disease. Unable to afford bus fare, she hitchhiked with Joel in tow for a full week, traveling over 700 miles to reach our cardiac mission.

Hike to mend is in honor of the distance that Joel’s aunt and countless other parents travel to try to gain access to surgical care for their child. But more than that, it’s also about the journey we all face when seeking to gain access to healthcare for a loved one, whether you travel on foot, by bus or try to navigate the obstacles of insurance eligibility, denial or simple advocacy, it is about the journey.

How to participate

Register below and start your hike!
Remember to record the distance you achieved on your smart devices and share with @Mendingkids on your preferred social media platform.


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