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Team planning rim-to-rim Grand Canyon charity hike left in the lurch

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PHOENIX -

They've raised thousands of dollars for charity. But a group of hikers from across the country don't know if their fundraising hike in the Grand Canyon will go on.

That's because national parks and monuments were shut down Tuesday.

This group of hikers raised over $26,000 for the trip. But they arrived in Phoenix to find their trip might not happen.

"We don't have a place to hike if we don't have the Grand Canyon," says Alisa Keeton, founder of Revelation Wellness.

Alisa Keeton and dozens of others spent six months training to raise funds for the non-profit Revelation Wellness. Keeton trains volunteers to offer nutrition and fitness aid in low income communities across the world.

The rim to rim hike from south to north raises a huge portion of the money needed to keep the non-profit running. The hikers from as far as Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota have trained for 6 months.

"Following a pretty rigorous schedule really you know just planning and dreaming and this is the weekend we were supposed to go to the Grand Canyon."

Each hiker paid a $300 registration fee for training costs and accommodation -- plus flights. They each raised at least $750 in donations.

"We're looking at other things to do but it's not what we promised our fundraisers, what the people invested in and put money behind was the feat of crossing one of the wonders of the world."

At the base of Piestewa Peak, the local hikers gathered to pray and discuss what will happen if their hike is a no-go.

"One of our greatest slogans is love is greater than fear, and we're just banking that that is going to help and fear is dividing if love could bring it back together that's what we're standing in."

If the park is still closed Saturday the hikers might hike Havasupai Falls instead.

That's in the west rim and it's still open because it's managed by the Hualapai Tribe. The skywalk is also still open, and helicopter tours are allowed.

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