BELLVILLE — Mikey Brenkus, the 23 year-old son of Mayor Teri Brenkus, has started on a trek he hopes will provide support to Craig Roberts, retired member of the Jefferson Township Bellville Volunteer Fire Department.
Roberts has been diagnosed with ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Brenkus is going on a 2,180 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. He has listed his venture on Gofundme. com
People who wish to support his trek are being asked to pledge a chosen amount per mile. The proceeds will go to help support Roberts’ family in the handling of his illness.
Brenkus started his trek May 9, and is intending to go all the way from Georgia to Maine.
The Gofundme.com site says pledges totalling $1,576 have come in so far. Brenkus said his goal is to raise $3,000.
The site says Roberts, an avid outdoorsman, has hiked part of the Appalachian Trail with his daughter, Lindsay.
A person wishing to contribute a penny a mile would be making a $21.80 contribution. Contribution levels can go on up.
Roberts served 41 years on the fire department, nine of them as chief.
ALS is a progressive disease, for which there is no known cure. Those with this disease require medication, physical therapy, speech therapy, nutritional support and breathing support.
Brenkus’ posting on Gofundme says 100 per cent of the pledge amounts will go to the Roberts family.