If you ask any parent, they’d say that they would go to great lengths for their children. For Mike McKenna, that length is more than 2,500 miles. In January 2023, McKenna will embark on a trek walking across the United States to raise money for The New England Center for Children (NECC), where his son, Michael, has been a student for 16 years.
Michael was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old. In 2009, McKenna and his wife, Lori, began hosting The MIKE Golf Classic at the end of each summer, raising more than $700,000 for NECC. When COVID hit in 2020, preventing The MIKE Golf tournament from being held for the first time in 12 years, The MIKE transitioned from a golf tournament to a 100-mile walk along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a flat, safe trail that presented no COVID concerns and allowed those who wanted the opportunity to continue supporting NECC. McKenna and his son walked 25 miles each day for four consecutive days.
McKenna is setting his sights even higher with a cross-country walk, which will begin in Southern California and finish in Florida. McKenna said it will likely take him five months to complete, giving him ample opportunity to share his message of autism awareness, and to raise money for NECC. McKenna plans to begin the trek in January 2023.
“This is an opportunity to give back to NECC for the love and professional support provided to my son and my family,” said McKenna. “I want to put a face to autism. I want people to know who my son is and humanize this condition. I want these kids to matter.”
The MIKE Walk Across America needs your support! Sponsorship levels include:
Premier Coast 2 Coast: $15,000
Manifest Destiny: $10,000
5 State Sponsor : $7,500
Single State Sponsor: $2,500
Hydration Sponsor: $1,000
Sore Feet Support Sponsor: Any Amount!
To become a sponsor or to donate any amount, use the form below. For additional information or any sponsorship questions, email Mike at [email protected]