Anthony Romano, 15, of Hallowell, and his father, Jeff Romano, are hiking 271 miles to raise money for The Hearts for Ezra Foundation, to raise awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the No. 1 genetic killer of children younger than 2 years old. The foundation was created a few years ago following the death of an 8 month old in Hallowell.

Anthony, who will be a sophomore at Hall-Dale High School in the fall, has already climbed 53 of New England’s 67, 4,000 foot peaks. This summer, he and his father are hiking the Long Trail, which follows the Green Mountains from Quebec to Massachusetts.

To raise money, they are hoping to raise $2,713 for Hearts for Ezra: $10 for each mile of the Long Trail. Those who are interested donating can do so on their GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/jeffandanthonyhike.