In Memory of Jason Parish

For: PATC, BVAR19, & FSAC
Philadelphia, PA
Organizer: Heather & Miki Sparks
$7,050
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 82 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On Sunday, March 15th, 2015, Jason Parish was killed instantly when a dead tree fell on him while hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. He had just spent an incredible weekend with two friends, Miki and Kelly, and they were ready to hike back to the truck, grab some pancakes, and then head home.

Hikers and campers on the scene did everything they could to save Jason, but there was nothing that could be done. Emergency repsonders from Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance made it to the remote scene in less than an hour.

All 3 were seasoned outdoorsmen, and had prepared for this trip. Maps were consulted, gear was inventoried, back-up plans were discussed. The morning of the accident, Miki and Kelly noted the windy conditions and acknowledged that as the 3 hiked out, they'd all have to keep an eye on the trees.

In the days following this tragic, untimely loss, Maryland Department of Natural Resources shut down the shelters to inspect trees and perform maintenance.

We are collecting money from friends, colleagues, family, strangers, and other lovers of the outdoors in the hopes of being able to make 3 significant donations in Jason's name to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance, and First State Animal Center and SPCA. Additionally, we are collecting money towards a memorial plaque to (hopefully) be mounted at the shelter where Jason died.

Any and every amount helps. It is our goal to have these donations and plaque ready to go before September 2015. We set a modest initial goal of $2,500 and nearly met that in the first day. We've raised that goal to $5,000, and hope that each and every person who was touched by Jason's gentle, humble, generous spirit will contribute, allowing us the opportunity to make a substantial gift in Jason's memory.

To hear Jason's music, check out this link: http://www.reverbnation.com/jasonparish

News stories can be found at the following links:
http://appalachiantrail.com/20150316/appalachian-trail-hiker-jason-parish-suffers-fatal-injury/

http://articles.philly.com/2015-03-23/news/60373364_1_appalachian-trail-chestnut-hill-two-men

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/hiker-who-was-killed-by-a-falling-tree-was-a-friend-a-musician-and-engineer/2015/03/16/b443484c-cc43-11e4-8a46-b1dc9be5a8ff_story.html

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 8, 2015

Posted on September 8, 2015

Thank you, everyone, for your support. In an effort to allow any last-minute donors the opportunity to make contributions, the fundraising deadline has been extended to Friday, September 11th.

The outpouring of support these last few days has been amazing and humbling. 

Take care of each other!

Posted on August 28, 2015

Posted on August 28, 2015

Here we are, just over week away from the fundraising deadline. We've raised nearly $6500, thanks to friends, family, and strangers.

Here's the thing, though. As much as I despise having to ask folks to donate money, I really hate that we've lost our friend. If I could go back to that weekend, that morning, the night before...  

Except there's nothing any one of us could have done differently. And that's part of what makes this loss all the more heartbreaking. There is no one to blame, no justification. None of us can say that this was the plan of some Higher Being, that this was The Plan for Jason's life, to end so abruptly and so early. 

Jason didn't die because some driver was drunk or reckless, or because doctors tried but couldn't cure some disease. There's no place to point a finger and say, "This. This is why this happened." You can't blame the wind. You can't blame the tree.

More than being in the wrong place at the wrong time, this is a tragic accident that could happen to any one of us, our friends, our families. Yes, cancer sucks. Homicide and suicide and manslaughter - suck. Losing anyone sucks. 

Please consider making a donation in these last days to show support not just for Jason's memory and legacy, but in honor of the people you love. $5, $10, $50 - anything you can give will go directly to three causes in honor of Jason.

Posted on May 28, 2015

Posted on May 28, 2015

We've met our second goal and have passed it! I know many folks are waiting to donate, and I fully expect that we will be able to raise even more.

Miki and I spend a lot of time remembering the fun times we shared with Jason. I hope that each of you are continuing to take comfort from your memories. 

Pat, Nancy, Amy, Dale, Trixie, Vega, and the whole Parish family are always in our thoughts. Miki and Kelly continue to be humbled and are grateful for the support of Jason's friends and family. 

I encourage you to keep sharing this fundraising page. It continues until what would have been Jason's 37th birthday. I can't think of a better way to honor his life and his love of the outdoors and four-legged mutts than by making this substantial donation to the 3 organizations selected. Let this be part of Jason's legacy, that even in the face of this unfathomable loss, his friends and family have recognized that the memory of Jason will live on and linger forever.

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