Buckwheat is back in Skagway! To view photos of his arrival click here.
Buckwheat's Walk and Paddle
Buckwheat Donahue's Heartbeat Trail walk and paddle is a fund-raiser for Skagway's Dahl Memorial Clinic, so it may better serve the health needs of residents and visitors to our community. Buckwheat had several heart episodes in Oct. 2003 while passing through Juneau, Alaska. He was able to get to a hospital in time, but if he had been home in Skagway, he may not have survived. After that scare, he committed himself to walking, not only for his health, but to raise awareness for others, and to give something back to his community. He walked from Skagway to Whitehorse (110 miles), and then from Whitehorse to Dawson City in the Yukon (another 450 miles), and on Oct. 1 he began the Heartbeat Trail, a cross-continental walk and paddle that will take him from Florida to Alaska.
Donations can be made to the Heartbeat Trail through the Community Development Services fund of the Skagway Development Corporation.
The EIN for SDC-Community Develop ) non-profit] is 20-0122259; the DUNS number is 147372630.
Please send your checks to:
Heartbeat Trail, PO Box 1236, Skagway, AK 99840
Buckwheat was featured in the Dec. 9-11, 2005 edition of USA WEEKEND, a Sunday supplement that appeared in about 600 newspapers across the United States. Buckwheat was bumped off the cover by singer Shakira, but the story by Jenna Schnuer is on page 14, under the heading Doing Good: Travels of the Heart. You can also the story at: USA Weekend
Learn more about Buckwheat and his cause…
A larger-than-life character, Buckwheat Donahue gives his heart to tiny Skagway.
Buckwheat resembles a good-looking country-western singer: silver-haired, square-shouldered, big-chested, bearded. His perpetual smile says, “Hey, ain’t this fun?” He fills rooms with his presence and his voice, and dispenses hugs and howls. His friend Mike Sica calls him a human bellows, a “cross between Pavarotti and Rodney Dangerfield.”