Three girlfriends walk across Massachusetts for charity

EASTHAM, Mass. — Starting at the New York state border in Hancock, three girlfriends had one mission: To walk across Massachusetts.

“Every mile has been such a gift. Every mile is different and I’m looking at this experience as it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something like this with some of my best friends,” said Ashely Hanson.

Hanson, of North Weymouth, and her friends, Jen Stinner and Donna Solari, both of Sudbury, began their epic journey on June 7th.

It was a fundraiser dubbed She Walks Massachusetts.

Their goal was to raise money for the Greg Hill Foundation, a charity that helps families touched by tragedy.

“When we decided to walk across Massachusetts, it sounds crazy, but why not try to help out the neighbors in the towns we’re going to be walking through,” Hanson said.

The ladies walked through all sorts towns and all sorts of weather, including heat waves and rain.

They also battled exhaustion. They passed through 50 towns in 28 days.

“You get to see more of the community as opposed when you just drive through, the different type of stores, the people that are walking around. It’s just really cool,” said Stinner.

Sometimes they took the road less traveled, sometimes off the beaten path.

“Here we are on a dirt road,” Stinner said while walking through the Berkshires.

Every day they wore matching pink shirts.

“We’ve had a lot of people stop and say, ‘Oh, you guys are all dressed alike. What are you doing? Are you walking for a cause?’ It’s a really good conversation starter,” Solari said.

After making their way through Worcester, the friends eventually walked the entire Boston Marathon route.

They then made their way to the South Shore before crossing the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod.

The friends capped off their nearly month-long trek when they arrived 280 miles later in Provincetown Sunday morning.

They raised more than $10,000 for the Greg Hill Foundation and took only one day off in their walk across Massachusetts.

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