An event honoring the journey that a parent takes to gain access to surgical care for their child.
Join us in raising awareness of health disparity everywhere. Register and hike a few miles so that, together, we can provide kids with the life-changing care that they need.

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$75,000 goal

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Three Ways to Participate:

In-person: Register and hike with us on Saturday, October 16, 2021, 8am at Griffith Park, Los Angeles.

Can’t make it? Register and walk around your neighborhood; hike your favorite trail; bike a few miles; jog on your treadmill; climb stairs; or swim some laps. Record the distance on your smart device and share your trek with us on Facebook tagging @mendingkids, or on Instagram using #hike2mend

Do both! Track your miles AND hike with us on October 16, 2021. 

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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.

More ways to support

Register below to start! If you are hiking wherever you are, remember to record the distance you achieved on your smart devices and share with @Mendingkids on your preferred social media platform with #hike2mend

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Directions /Map

Location to put in your map: 2333 Fern Dell Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Please drive past The Trails cafe for about 0.3 miles on Western Canyon Rd, and park at the Fern Dell lot. To get to our starting location and trailhead, please turn on Fern Dell Drive from Los Feliz Blvd.

Please DO NOT turn on Vermont Ave or Hillhurst Ave.

Our registration/start location and West Trail trailhead is off to the right of the parking lot and signs will point you to the way.

The length of our hike is 2.5 miles to the top but please know that you can turn around at any point. We will have light snacks provided at registration and water stations along the trail. Please bring sunscreen and sufficient water.

Dogs are allowed on the trail but please think of their welfare, social-emotional behavior, and plan for your pet’s needs prior to your arrival.

For media inquires, please contact Hello@mendingkids.org

For sponsorship details, please contact isabelle@mendingkids.org & or LoriBeckwithMalibu@gmail.com

For anything else, please contact our office line at 818-843-6363 or chaoyi@mendingkids.org

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