KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Troy Galyon plans to embark on a personal 2,200-mile journey along the Appalachian Trail two days after he graduates from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He said he will be doing so in order to raise both awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment.
Galyon is a 22-year-old Maryville native who is a Global Leadership Scholar in the Haslam College of Business, majoring in economics and minoring in international business.
Galyon's father, Danny Galyon, was diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer last fall and is in the middle of chemotherapy treatments. Troy is looking forward to this hike in order to honor his father's fight.
"I have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail," he said.
"Now that I can do it for him, it's really meaningful for me."
The money Galyon plans on making for cancer research and treatment will benefit the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. You can donate to his fundraising campaign by going to the center's website and typing in his code word: "beat."
The soon to be college graduate's plan is to walk about 20 miles per day and finish around mid-August. He is encouraging people to join in with him for portions of the trip.
If you are interested in following his journey, you can visit his Facebook Page here.
You are also invited to donated or mail supplies for Galyon's trip. Items such as food, drinks, and small toiletries will be accepted. These can be sent to 250 Depot St., Franklin, North Carolina, 28734.