This year's 4th Annual Hike for Mike will be
When Anna founded The Lonon Foundation and we hosted our first Hike for Mike in 2016, we
wanted to ensure that at its core, the Hike embodied two of the things most important to
Mike: family and time in the outdoors. Although COVID-19 has turned many of our lives inside
out and upside down, it’s also given us the opportunity to host a Hike for Mike that upholds
the founding values in their purest form.
This year, we’ll be hosting a Virtual Hike for Mike - we pick the dates, but you pick where you
hike and who you hike with. Visit one of your favorite trails, take your kids on a nature walk or
maybe just walk around your neighborhood - it’s up to you. We want this day to be one where
you can unplug, get outside and spend time with your family.
Check out some of our favorite local & Regional Trails
What is the Hike for Mike?
In honor of Michael Lonon, father, husband, friend and nature enthusiast, the Hike for Mike promotes his passion for nature, hiking and the beautiful Lowcountry that he called home.
Michael lost his battle with head and neck cancer at just 32 years old, after fighting the disease for more than three years. He left behind a 4 year old son and a 3 month old daughter.
During his cancer diagnosis, treatments and Hospice care, Mike's main focus was always on the health and wellbeing of his young family, especially his children.
To honor his strength, his selfless attitude, and to advocate for children who are affected by a parent or caregiver's cancer diagnosis, we hold our annual fundraiser, The Hike for Mike.
Each year the money raised at The Hike goes toward creating resources in the Lowcountry that provide support to these children, including our UPLIFT (Using Play Love Inspiration and Friendship as Therapy) Program, which hosts FREE monthly events for these kids; our continuing education courses that offer FREE classes on trauma in children who have experienced losing a parent from cancer; and our partnership with Camp Rise Above, which will host our first 2 day camp Summer 2019.
Please Hike with us this year and help children, like Mike's, who have been affected by a parent's cancer.
Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!
We get it - taking your kids on a walk without planned activities doesn't always go as planned. That's why we created a fun printable Family Activity Guide to make sure your kids have a fun hike/walk, too! It features a scavenger hunt, find & draw, conversation starters, and some easy mindfulness exercises!