ELIZABETH, NJ - Union County Freeholder Rebecca Williams presented a resolution to Jennifer Popper of Plainfield on Wednesday, congratulating her on walking over 800 miles from Union County to Maine over the summer to honor her late husband, Michael, and to raise awareness of the East Coast Greenway.
Michael Popper died in June 2016 in a kayaking accident near Corea Harbor, Maine. Jennifer came up with the idea to walk to Maine along the East Coast Greenway to raise money for a good cause. She surpassed her goal of $15,000, a thousand dollars for every year she and Michael were married, raising $17,000.
Popper started her two-month solo walk along the greenway on June 2, National Trails Day, in Union County's Lenape Park, and she reached the Schoodic Peninsula on Aug. 1. Read more.
The money raised has been donated to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, as well as a New Jersey walking group called Freewalkers. The East Coast Greenway is a 3,000 mile route that runs from Key West, FL to Calais, ME; it is the nation’s longest connected biking and walking route.
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognizes the tremendous efforts Jennifer Popper has made to honor her husband; and further recognizes her courage and strength during a most challenging and difficult time.
Editor's Note: Jennifer Popper is the Editor of the TAPinto Plainfield site.