Jesse Saperstein '04, who was instrumental in bringing Joey DiPaolo and his mother, Carol, to give a speech on campus last April, is beginning his through-hike of the 2,164 mile long Appalachian Trail this week. The DiPaolos and others are supporting him for the hike, and he is also trying to raise funds, 90 percent of which will benefit a camp catering to adolescents ages 13-19 afflicted with HIV or AIDS.
Saperstein and his hiking partners are starting off on Wednesday, March 9, from Springer Mountain, Ga., and plan to make it to Maine in approximately six months. A segment for ABC Eyewitness News of Saperstein with Joey and Carol DiPaolo was taped March 7 and should air sometime the week of March 14.
He will keep an online journal while he's hiking, which will be available at www.hikeforAIDS.org. The site will also have information on the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation, as well as how to make an online contribution to the fundraiser using the PayPal or Amazon.com Honor System feature. People can also mail contributions to the foundation by sending them to The Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation, 108 Vineland Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10312.
The Web site was designed by Karl Brautigam '04 as a contribution to the fundraiser. Brautigam was a computer science major and served as vice president on Hobart Student Government.
“My hope is more people will make contributions as long as I fulfill my end of the deal by doing everything possible to be successful on this hike,” says Saperstein. “I will be forever grateful for the support I have already received from the HWS community, and over $2,000 has been raised so far.”
He encourages all HWS students and faculty to keep in touch with him while he is hiking. His cell phone number is (845) 325-6152. E-mails should be sent to both his T-Mobile Sidekick e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and his AOL address (SCIFY1903@aol.com).