Hiker raises thousands for Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers

PADUCAH — After six months on the Appalachian Trail, a Kentucky native will spend the week touring all 15 of Kentucky’s Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Amanda Bess is originally from Crestwood, Kentucky, near Louisville. She planned a 2,200-mile hike from Georgia to Maine, which you can see on her YouTube channel.

Friends suggested she start a GoFundMe to raise awareness for a charity. Her little sister gave her the idea to pick the Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Her journey raised more than $14,000. She spoke Monday at the Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center in  Paducah.

She says she’s overwhelmed by the support. “It’s only really been possible — and I have a hard time taking credit for it — because the outpouring of love from hundreds of strangers,” she says. “And that in itself is so overwhelming.”

Half the money you helped her raise will go to the Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers.