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Tim Hill walked 10 miles to raise hope and funds for fellow ALS patients on Delmarva.
Last year, Tim Hill walked 10 miles from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach to show that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, wasn’t holding him back.
They called it the Ten-Mile Miracle: ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that robs people of their ability to walk, and more. When he was diagnosed, Hill could barely walk a block, so building himself up to the 10-mile challenge really was a miracle, sparked by Hill’s determination.
Hill made the journey successfully, and in the process, helped many patients at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center ALS Clinic by raising funds for their specialized needs.
This year, Hill has set another goal for himself to help get the word out about ALS and to raise funds. “I will be skydiving at the Laurel airport along with five others to raise funds for the Peninsula Regional Medical Center ALS Clinic,” Hill said.
Why did Hill choose skydiving? “I am afraid of heights, and it is my biggest fear ─ so it’s another thing I shouldn’t be able to do,” Hill said. “So I’m going to do it.”
His “13,500 Feet for ALS” jump will take place at the Laurel Airport on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. Five others will join him in the jump, plus a photographer, “to record the horror on my face,” Hill joked. “I’m hoping people will come to watch,” he says. “There’s plenty of room at the airport.”
Hill is also hoping people will be inspired to help people with ALS by donating to the Ten Mile Miracle Foundation, which he started last year. “The purpose is to get people in the ALS Clinic the equipment, pharmaceuticals and more that they need,” he said. The foundation has also helped people pay for home improvements when they require that their homes be made wheelchair accessible. “All of the money raised goes directly to helping people with ALS in our area,” Hill said.
Anyone interested in cheering Hill on as he overcomes his biggest fear and takes a leap of faith is welcome at the Laurel Airport on October 10 at 1 p.m. To learn more about Hill’s charity and to donate, visit www.tenmilemiracle.com.