-- Mom and daughter will walk the ancient Camino de Santiago to raise funds for RHA Howell --

October 2, 2013 (Greensboro, NC)-- On October 30, 2013, Greensboro, NC, mother and daughter Deborah and Brenna Berman will fly to Madrid, Spain, to embark on a grueling 500-mile hike across northern Spain to raise funds for RHA Howell, a state-wide non-profit organization that serves children and adults with disabilities.

A Berman family members lives in RHA Howell’s group home in Greensboro.

“We have asked friends, family, and the public for donations to RHA Howell,” the Bermans say on their blog, www.trailjournals.com/HikingForHowell , where anyone interested can follow them on their journey and share their experiences.“A pledge per mile will help this worthy organization. Even as little as a penny per mile, multiplied by 500 miles, equals five bucks.”

It will take the mother-daughter team six weeks to hike the Camino de Santiago, or Saint James Way, a pilgrimage route that culminates at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. Tradition holds that the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried there.

This marks the second time the Bermans have hiked Camino de Santiago. They did so six years ago and remember that “challenging days are inevitable and we will need help to get through them.” They say they found that help by deciding to make this second hike a “Hiking For Howells” fundraiser.

“On those inevitable ‘down’ days this fall, knowing our every step counts (literally!) will inspire us,” they say.

Debora and Brenna will travel by train and bus from Madrid to a tiny mountain village near the border of France and Spain. From there, they will backpack along the ancient route over four mountain ranges, on muddy trails, and through all kinds of weather.

To pledge a donation for the Bermans’ effort, go to www.rhahowell.org/HikingForHowells.aspx . To share the Bermans’ experiences, visit www.trailjournals.com/HikingForHowell .

For more information on RHA Howell, visit www.rhahowell.org .

About RHA Howell:

RHA Howell has been providing supports and services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 35 years. We work closely with individuals and their families to make their lives as independent as possible with an emphasis on community inclusion. Mrs. Irene Howell founded the original Howell Care Centers in 1970. Over the next 30 years, Mrs. Howell established a network of Howell Care Centers, and upon her retirement, entrusted her legacy to RHA Health Services. Today, RHA Howell, Inc. carries on the Howell Care Centers tradition. For more information: www.rhahowell.org .