If you ever met Ryan Ginther — even briefly — you remember it. Ryan had a personality that was larger-than-life, a knack for telling stories, and a hearty belly laugh that made you think you’re funnier than you really are.
On December 5, 2015, Ryan’s life came to a tragic end. He was killed in a car accident at just 35 years of age.
I lost my best friend of 25 years that day. I also lost a great hiking partner. Since moving to the South, Ryan and I developed a mutual affinity for hiking. We’ve hiked many of the popular spots together and frequently talked about hiking the Appalachian Trail. Sadly, Ryan died before we made it out on the AT.
To honor Ryan’s memory, I’ve committed to
Each year a group of Ryan’s family, friends, and loved ones join me for a day of good food, hiking, and storytelling at the Ryan P. Ginther Memorial Hike.
Each year we raise funds and awareness for a non-profit organization. This year we’ve partnered with Camp Heart Songs, an overnight camp in the North Carolina mountains designed for children and teens who have lost loved ones.
Camp Heart Songs is a two-day overnight camp that allows children ages 6-12 to express their grief in a fun and safe environment. Some of the activities offered at camp
Ryan’s son, Noah, attended Camp Heart Songs last year and is registered again this summer. Please join us in raising funds for this worthy cause and help a child in their grieving process. Thank you for your generosity.