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Man hiking over 2,000 miles to end child abuse

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Ricky Harney loves nature and hiking. Now, Harney is taking that love and turning it into a mission. Ricky Harney loves nature and hiking. Now, Harney is taking that love and turning it into a mission.
When Harney heard this and saw the photographs of Karlie, he knew he needed to hike to end child abuse. Now, that's exactly what he's doing. When Harney heard this and saw the photographs of Karlie, he knew he needed to hike to end child abuse. Now, that's exactly what he's doing.
Harney has teamed up with Kosair Children's Hospital and starting Wednesday, he will hike the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,663 miles, from Mexico to Canada. Harney has teamed up with Kosair Children's Hospital and starting Wednesday, he will hike the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,663 miles, from Mexico to Canada.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Ricky Harney loves nature and hiking. Now, Harney is taking that love and turning it into a mission.

Harney and his friend Lanette from Louisville had always wanted to hike 1000 miles. Lanette mentioned doing it for charity. That's when Lanette told Harney about a distant relative, 9-month-old Karlie Mellick, who was beaten to death by a family friend in 2009. There were no red flags; it was a trusted friend of the family.

When Harney heard this and saw the photographs of Karlie, he knew he needed to hike to end child abuse. Now, that's exactly what he's doing.

Harney has teamed up with Kosair Children's Hospital and starting Wednesday, he will hike the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,663 miles, from Mexico to Canada.

Photographs Harney takes of the wilderness he hikes will be sold and given to the End Child Abuse Fund. Harney's been training here in Louisville and on the different trails of Bernheim Forest.

He said it's a subject we don't want to talk about, but we need to educated and get something done about it. His goal by hiking is to get people talking.

The journey takes 180 days, 15 miles a day. He will get packages of food every other day. Everything he has will be in his backpack: his tent, clothes, sleeping bag, food and water. All of that weighs 50 pounds.

You can follow him on Facebook or visit https://nortonhealth.fundly.com/hike-to-end-child-abuse to donate or purchase photographs.

Some of those pictures will be named in honor of children who have been killed in child abuse.

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