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Appalachian Trail Fundraiser

4/2/2003:   According to an old saying, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," and the same can certainly said for a 2,172.6-mile journey. Last week, Mike Kanarick and his wife Liz Kleinberg took that first step, as they set out to hike the Appalachian Trail and raise money and awareness for the Child Welfare League of America. The journey began March 24 at Amicalola Falls in Georgia and will end sometime in October, when Kanarick and Kleinberg are expected to reach Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

After working as press secretary on Alabama Governor Don Siegelman's (D) unsuccessful reelection bid, Kanarick decided to devote the summer to another worthy cause that might bring about important change: "Overwhelmingly our friends and acquaintances thought that helping children was a worthy goal, and it coincided with what we wanted to do," says Kanarick. "We believe the children of today are tomorrow's leaders—they're the folks who if given good opportunities now, will be able to succeed later, and not just for themselves, but in ways that will help lots of other people."

"At a time when this country is so focused on our security and our economic future, it is reaffirming to know that Mike and Liz are willing to remind us that perhaps our highest priority needs to remain the safety of our children," says Shay Bilchik, President/CEO of CWLA.

To follow Kanarick and Kleinberg on their journey all summer, visit http://www.cwla.org/atpledge.

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