Twenty-nine-year-old artist and nature enthusiast Monique Miller McCarthy is embarking on a 2,200-mile journey with her husband, Kris, in memory of friends and loved ones fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses. They will be hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine and collecting donations from sponsors in the hopes of raising $50,000 to help fund the construction of a new art, education and therapy center in the barn at Magical Moon Farm in Marshfield.
McCarthy is the daughter of Donna Green, the Marshfield resident who founded the Magical Moon Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps empower children to use their inner strengths and find their warrior within. Rather than kids fighting cancer, they become brave young Knights turning their struggles into motivation.
“My family has always spent a great deal of time outside, hiking, camping, rock climbing, painting and enjoying water activities,” says McCarthy. “When I was 10 years old my mom began a foundation at our farm called the Magical Moon Foundation to help children with cancer and other life threatening conditions stay strong. My mom has always said, it’s all about the journey.”
Some of her McCarthy’s friends will be walking portions of the trail with her, in memory of loved ones with cancer. McCarthy plans to document her travels by sketching and taking photographs and hopes to one day write a book about her experience. Anyone who makes a donation of $100 or more will receive an “Over the Mountains for the Moon” T-Shirt. Checks payable to the Magical Moon Foundation, 575 Summer St., Marshfield, MA 02050 or by calling 800-840-0205. To learn more about the foundation or make a donation, visit MagicalMoonFoundation.org or visit AdventuresOnCanvas.com.