In November of 2013, Ian lost his younger brother to suicide. As an avid outdoorsman, Ian decided to turn this tragedy into an inspiring cross-country walk. Last year, he walked for six months from coast to coast to raise awareness for mental illness.
During the walk, which was called Ian Walks America, Ian shared his brother’s story with countless individuals and raised funds for mental illness, specifically NAMI Southwestern PA. Ian’s mission was magnified through social media and news coverage in various cities.
Upon his return home, Ian continues his involvement with the mental health community through volunteer work including speaking engagements, media interviews and continued involvement with NAMI Southwestern PA. He also gained employment as a nurse at UPMC Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Referral Center. In his free time, Ian enjoys hiking, traveling to new places, trying unique food and studying botany.