The first Walk for Hope, in memory of John Sullivan, was deemed by organizers as a great success with Nearly 300 walkers participating, some from as far away as California and Michigan.
The walk was a tribute to Sullivan, who had the vision for trails in Baxter, and was a stalwart supporter of Minnesota Teen Challenge. He also was instrumental in bringing Teen Challenge to Brainerd. The Walk was also a fundraiser for Teen Challenge, with all the money raised remaining in the area. Teen Challenge assists teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The Campus is on South Sixth Street in Brainerd, and has been open for nearly five years.
Next year’s “Walk” plans include a run, walk and bike event.