Her name is Kate MacEachern, a 34 years old single mother from Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

In 2007, while she was a tanker with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), she was thrown from a horse during a parade practice. Unfortunately she had a serious spinal cord injury and bleeding in her brain. Eight long months in and out of hospital followed before she was getting better physically. Mentally, it was different.

About 9 months after the accident, Kate started presenting clinical symptoms of PTSD and was officially diagnosed in 2010. She denied it for 2 years, as most of us who are suffering from PTSD do, but it took a toll on her.

In 2012, then backed by her chain-of-command, Kate started a 572 kilometer walk from CFB Gagetown to her home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. 19 days later, she completed her journey. The goal of this long walk was to raise $25,000 for an organisation called Soldier On, who helps wounded soldiers. Almost unnoticed, she also broke the World Record for distance travelled in full military gear. The previous record was 385 kilometers in 23 days … She did her walk in 19 …