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Hiking for Huntington’s disease

Modified: Monday, Aug 25th, 2014

Jason Evans is shown on the summit of Mt. Whitney. The mountain sits at an elevation of 14,505 feet. Evans climbed to the summit during a side trip off the Pacific Crest Trail. Evans is hiking the trail to raise money and awareness for Huntington’s disease. (Courtesy photo)

DEPOE BAY — In April, Jason Evans embarked on a five-month solo journey of more than 2,650 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Jason is hiking for more than just the glory of earning the title of a PCT thru-hiker (one who hikes the entire length of the trail). The avid outdoorsman is also raising money and awareness for Huntington’s disease.

He checks in on social media when he can, updating his Facebook page with photos from his trek and sharing stories and inspiring moments from the trail.

Jason, a native Oregonian and a former staffer at the News-Times, was motivated to take a hike for Huntington’s disease because, for him, the disease has a deeply personal connection.

His late grandfather, George Harold Carlquist, who passed away in February, and his mother, Catherine Evans, who resides in Depoe Bay, were simultaneously diagnosed with Huntington’s disease in 2005.

For the complete article see the 08-22-2014 issue.

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