BOSTON, MA -- The journey has begun for Jake Adkins and his teammate Andy Walker. Adkins, a '99 native of Centennial, CO, spent the 2018-19 season with the New Hampshire Avalanche, tallying 70 points in 50 total games while helping to lead his team to their 2nd consecutive league title. This past season was his freshmen year at UMass Boston, where he became close Walker, his teammate and roommate.
Shortly after the 2019-20 season ended, Adkins and Walker came up with the idea to rollerblade from Boston, MA to Mason, MI in an effort to raise money for cancer research.
"Cancer has affected most of us in one way or another. We have both personally seen the struggles close up and couldn't imagine having to fight this horrible disease in the wake of a pandemic. Being collegiate hockey players, we wanted to find a way to help those in need by doing what we know best - skating!! With most ice rinks closed down, we are hitting the pavement and rollerblading from Boston to Michigan this summer to raise money and awareness for all of those who can't get out there and fight for themselves. We are raising money for cancer patients, survivors, families, and caregivers who are struggling to get the help they need during the coronavirus pandemic. Any donation will help make an impact. Please join us and follow along on our route by following our social media accounts where the trip will be documented!" -- Jake Adkins and Andy Walker
Below you'll find links to donate and follow the Men In Blades on their journey from Boston to Michigan.
Walker (left) and Adkins (right) began their journey yesterday with the goal of skating around 100 miles per day throughout their 875-mile trip.