Welcome to My Ultimate Hike Page
Thanks for visiting my Ultimate Hike page!
I am participating in a true ultimate challenge - hiking to raise funds for children's cancer. With your help, I can surpass my fundraising goal of $3,000. My hike will take place on the Foothills Trail on Saturday April 27, and will consist of a 28.3 mile treck through the mountains. Like many others, asking for money is just about my least favorite thing to do..but this cause is worth it Pediatric cancer has directly affected my family and I have watched my sister do this hike for years. I am inspired to do my part and pay it forward.
The money I raise will support CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support targeted and innovative children's cancer research, with measurable results. In addition, they are the authoritative source for information resources about children's cancer for families and their support systems.
My niece Ella was born with a rare genetic disease called Beckwith-Wiedmann Syndrome(BWS). Children with BWS are at increased risk of developing abdominal cancers. At 15 months old Ella was diagnosed with Wilms, a type of pediatric kidney cancer. She underwent 3 surgeries, 32 weeks of chemo, spent countless nights in the hospital with endless needle pricks, lost all her hair and had her growth temporarily stunted. While Ella is still followed by her oncologist to make sure her cancer has not returned, she is now a healthy and thriving 8 year old!
Ella's cancer has a high cure rate, but many are not that lucky. There are several pediatric cancers that are a certain death sentence.
Here are some alarming facts that I did not know until my family was affected:
Five of the 43 children diagnosed every day do not survive.
Only 4% of all federal government cancer research funding goes to childhood cancers. And that 4% needs to be split between all pediatric cancers.
More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have significant health related issues from the therapies they received as children by the time they are 45 years old.
In the past 40 years less than only 3 new drugs have been developed and approved to be used for pediatric cancers.
Please, make a donation and make a difference in the lives of the 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day.
Thank you for helping me work tell children's cancer to take a hike!
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