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A trail journal and photo documentary about my Southbound A.T. Hike after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor
A trail journal and photo documentary about my Southbound A.T. Hike after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor
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February 2012 I was diagnosed with an inoperable grade II brain tumor. The doctor told me I would have 3 - 5 years of medicine controlled symptoms before things started to go south.

So with that diagnosis I decided to "go south" a little earlier.

Less than 1000 people total have completed a thru-hike headed southbound on the Appalachian Trail and as far as I can tell I will be the first to attempt it with an active brain tumor.  A Southbound thru-hike usually starts in June or July on top of Mount Katahdin in Maine and travels approximately 2,184 miles to Springer Mountain in Georgia finishing up by late November.

 The plan is to write a book and a companion photo journal based off my experiences on the trail. I am sure there will be complications, drama, fun and hopefully a new outlook on life for people who refuse to let cancer dictate their daily being. 

My Life with a tumor blog is www.going-south.org

I will also be keeping a trail journal on the Dusty Camel Website

Facebook fan page for the books: https://www.facebook.com/goingsouthAT

My Twitter feed: @beholderbill

As it stands right now I will be using Lulu.com for my publishing needs and sending my trail notes back home to base camp to be edited and typed up as I go so should the unthinkable happen on the trail the book and the attempt stays on record. With your help you can make my dream come true and help others facing impossible odds realize that a diagnosis is not the end of the story it is just the beginning.

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    Special on the trail facebook group, email, and twitter updates as well as access to exclusive photo's taken along the trail.

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    SUPER LIMITED EDITION SALE - If you invest at this level you will get one copy of The Going South book signed and numbered.

    THESE SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION REWARDS ARE NOT A PART OF THE PACKAGE DEALS BELOW

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    SUPER LIMITED EDITION SALE - If you invest at this level you will get one copy of The Going South Photo Journal signed and numbered.

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    The previous reward and 1 (One) Copy of the finished book. I will also mention you in special supporter pages at the back of the book.

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    1 Copy of the book Plus a Going South - Art Print for the book release from world renowned rock poster artist Jermaine Rogers. Limited to a run of 50 posters signed and numbered.

    Artwork for the poster is being worked on but trust me it will be amazing.

    check out www.jermainerogers.com for examples of his artwork.

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    All of the previous rewards and the printed photo journal that serves as a companion to the book.

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    1 Copy of the book plus a Going South - ((FOIL EDITION)) Art Print from world renowned rock poster artist Jermaine Rogers. Limited to a run of 20 posters printed on special foil stock signed and numbered.

    Artwork for the poster is being worked on but trust me it will be amazing.

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    All of the previous rewards, an extra copy of the book and photo journal, and special dedication in the front of the book rather than the back.

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    All of the previous rewards, PLUS I will take a picture at both ends of the trail with a sign featuring a message of your choice to be included in the book and photo journal. I will also carry a (Very) small rock from Mount Katahdin to Springer mountain and either deposit it @Springer in the name of a person of your choosing or send it to you. you will also be sent some pages of my handwritten journal on which the book will be based.

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