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Portland Family Supports Father’s Physical Rehabilitation By Participating in Trek Across Maine

(June 9, 2015)

(AUGUSTA, ME)-The Call family of Portland, has participated in the Trek Across Maine in previous years, but this year will be one to remember as Philip Call, along with his wife Carol and daughters, Mikayla and Katelyn will ride in the Trek Across Maine for the first time since Philip experienced a serious accident while hiking on the Appalachian Trail last spring. The Calls will participate in the Trek from Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21.

The Trek Across Maine is a three-day, 180 mile cycling event from Sunday River Ski Resort to Steamboat Landing in Belfast for more than 2,000 cyclists and 750 volunteers. It is the largest fundraising event for the American Lung Association and has raised more than $22 million in the last 30 years.

While hiking the Appalachian Trail, Philip fell approximately 50 feet from a trail in the Great Smokey Mountains and was airlifted to the University of Tennessee hospital, where he had multiple surgeries on his leg. As a goal for the end of his rehabilitation, the Call family decided they would participate in the Trek together. “It was a goal that he wanted to aim for   and he has been working really hard training,” Karol Call said. The Calls are also participating in the Trek to help promote the Lung Association’s mission of improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Karol said as a patient in the hospital, Philip had to perform a breathing exercise regimen to prevent the onset of pneumonia.  “It shows how important breathing on your own highlights the importance of healthy lungs,” Karol said.

The family will participate under the Team name "Blackhorse" because it was Phil’s Appalachian Trail hiking name which came from the army outfit that he served with in Vietnam. For the Calls, taking part in the Trek will be an accomplishment for the entire family. “It’s exciting because we’ve done the Trek separately with our children, but we’ve never done the Trek with all four of us together,” Karol said. 

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