Summit for a Cause: CheleSupport Chele Fuller in her hike up Mt. Katahdin!
Hiker: Chele Fuller
Four years ago, I took a leap of faith and resigned from a comfortable, 20 year career in human resources that I liked, to pursue a role (and life!) that I loved. I now work as a coach, and a massage therapist supporting people in living empowered lives, and feeling at their best. When I am not working, you will likely find me in one of three places:
- Hiking a mountain, or immersing myself in the woods on a backpacking adventure. It is very likely I will be walking about with a feather in my hair and in a state of awe of all that mother nature has to share with us; I am absolutely smitten by lichen!
- Spending time with my soul-dog and best friend, Snowy. A one year-old Australian Shepard who is my ever energetic side-kick.
- Lastly, enjoying all that my home community Belgrade, Maine has to offer. A place of sunrises and sunsets, and the cries of loons. Where it is equally accessible to be solitary in nature, or tapping a foot to live music, enjoying the arts. BUT you better plan an extra 5 minutes whenever you walk into Day’s Store for a post hike pizza, because without fail a neighbor will stop you to say hi and catch-up.
I call all of this (and more) living my best life; an ever-evolving and multifaceted experience!
What excites me about this hike
I knew that I wanted to hike Katahdin this year, but I just didn’t know how it was going to come to be and then, I learned about the Summit for a Cause.
My heart voice called out,
I applied, only knowing the most basic of details that it was a hike, and it helped others. Admittedly I was not aware of Women for Healthy Rural Living prior to applying for the hike. Then I researched the organization, and its alignment with my personal values was a Cinderella slipper fit! This is not only a hike I want to do, but a collaborative fundraising effort I am pouring my passion into.
As I share the Summit for a Cause people, I feel the excitement growing with each conversation. For the hike itself, yes, but more so the possibilities of what can be accomplished as of being part of this inaugural effort.
I’ve set my fundraising goal at $5269 (one dollar for every foot of elevation), a lofty goal that matches the magnitude of Katahdin herself. One foot, and one dollar at a time, together I know we can achieve 5269!
Favorite trail snack
My favorite trail snack is a gigantic PBJ where the only thing thicker than the slices of white bread, is the peanut butter in the middle! In fact, the grin on my face in this picture is partially because I have summited Sugarloaf Mountain, but mostly because I just ate an awesome PBJ.
Don’t stop at $1,500! Chele’s goal is $5,269!
It’s all about supporting nursing students in our community. The hiker who raises the most donations gets a prize!