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My plan was to participate in my sixth Ultimate Hike on October 5th in memory of my beautiful niece Lesley. Diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma at 11, she endured numerous surgeries and treatments until she passed away at 18, just weeks after high school graduation. She went through her battle with courage and dignity, never complaining or losing that adorable, dimpled smile.
This year she should have been celebrating her 30th birthday. It is hard not to be angry when I think of all that cancer has stolen from her. College, first "real" job, renting that first apartment, buying a car, getting a mortgage, serious relationships, engagement and marriage, travel, parenthood...the list is endless. Instead of going down that rabbit hole of what if's and if only's, something she would have frowned upon, I chose focus on what I can do to honor her life.
Hiking 30 miles in one day and raising money for CureSearch has given me that opportunity for the past five years. CureSearch funds young researchers so they can find better, more effective treatments for all pediatric cancers. There are 43 kids and their families that hear those awful, gut wreching, life altering, words "It's cancer" every day. It is for all of them that I wanted to channel Lesley's never give up spirit and lace up my boots once again to hike, rain or shine, in October.
What is that saying about making a plan? While hiking down a steep and muddy hill on a training hike in August, my feet slipped out from under me and I landed quite hard on my bottom. An MRI a couple of weeks later demonstrated a fractured sacrum and I've had to trade my boots in for crutches. It was hard to accept that I can't hike this year until I thought about the setbacks and disappointments that kids with cancer routinely experience during treatment. They are why I have continued to fundraise and ask for donations.
The need for research is so great that I increased my personal goal to $4000. Please consider donating to help me exceed that goal. Even though my boots will be hanging in the garage instead of hitting the trail, the need for research hasn't gone away. No donation is too small and every donation is appreciated!
More information about the organization, funding, and statistics about the prevalence of childhood cancer can be found on their website.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TELL PEDIATRIC CANCER TO TAKE A HIKE!
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