Citizen Hiker

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“Hiking… saved my life,” says Kelly Thrush of Tucson. The liver transplant recipient points to 16 years of poor lifestyle choices, including a junk food diet and alcohol abuse, as factors in his near-fatal health crisis and ultimate wake-up call. While thankful for his second chance, Thrush struggled with shame and finding renewed purpose. “I wrestled with a lot of different ideas and questions… Why did I get to live that day? Someone’s child died...

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“We save Medicare a lot of money,” says one long-time member of Prescott Hiking Club. While the mile-high city club has its share of senior citizens, the 200-plus-member group of outdoor enthusiasts welcomes all who are interested in hiking to stay healthy. The club was established in 1989 as an informal social group and formally organized in 1997. Members pay a $5 annual fee which goes toward web page services, member incentives and promotional items....

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