A Strongsville father-son team accomplished what they set out to do last week -- hike the Grand Canyon.
"We had a great trip - and more importantly, a successful hike," Paul Monahan said. "Tuesday was a long day - we started in the dark at 4:50 a.m. and finished in the dark 13 1/2 hours later."
They made the 22-mile hike from the canyon's North to South Rim Oct. 16 as part of their inaugural Steps for Soldiers event.
The one-day challenge is expected to raise more than $30,000 for Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps members of the military who have been injured.
Sixteen hikers from across the United States who share Monahan’s interest in adventure -- as well as his desire to serve to disabled veterans -- joined him on the hike.
Kevin is a junior at Strongsville High School.
Paul Monahan said his goal in organizing the event was to take eight or 10 people out and maybe raise a little money, but the response was "incredible." He hopes to recruit 50 hikers next year and raise $100,000.
Both father and son trained for several months to tackle the challenge of the gorge.
To support Paul or Kevin Monahan visit their fundraising pages at: http://www.crowdrise.com/Stepsforsoldiers/fundraiser/paulmonahan1, or http://www.crowdrise.com/Stepsforsoldiers/fundraiser/kevinmonahan.