Welcome to My Ultimate Hike Page, Please help me in fighting Children's Cancer!
Dear Friends and Family,
It's now been almost a year since my last CureSearch Ultimate Hike in fighting Children's Cancer! For those of you who so graciously supported this amazing cause with me, I am eternally grateful and hopeful for your support again this year.
The 2017 hike was one of the hardest challenges I have ever taken on, but what kept us going for over 30 miles and almost 14 hours in just one day was the awareness that there are millions of children everyday fighting with cancer who are so very strong and just don't give up! I've carried this with me since this life changing hike and live life with this thought everyday.
Our Hike story last year begun with my cousin Taylor's battle with brain cancer and her challenge to us to do this amazing feat of endurance and mental exhaustion! It's now been over two years since my cousin Taylor was diagnosed with brain cancer and she is currently cancer free and I strongly believe it's due not only to the strength she carried during surgery and treatment (which she did with such grace and humor) but also due to the amazing medical attention she received by some of the best in the country! Taylor was able to complete 1/2 of the hike with us last year and she is truly one of my heroes!
Shortly after our hike last year on May 11, 2017, Avery Lynn Rann lost the battle to cancer at only 7 years old. While I did not get the pleasure of knowing this little angel, she touched many lives of people I know in Sarasota. I hiked for her and her family last year when she was battling DIPG. Avery began radiation and chemotherapy in October 2016, the standard of care treatment for a DIPG tumor, with positive results. However, the Rann family received devastating news in January 2017 that Avery's tumor had begun to grow again. At the time her treatment was a clinical trial consisting of two drugs with the hopes of stopping tumor growth. Despite multiple appeals and numerous pleas, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida has denied coverage of this medical necessity. Avery's treatment left her parents with the out of pocket expense to the sum of $18,000 for one month’s supply of these two drugs. My heart breaks for this family for the loss of their daughter and the many families who have lost their children due to this awful disease.
I originally was going to skip the hike this year, you know, "take the year off" but then after a day in the pool just recently with two of my cousins, I decided to do it again! The millions of children who are currently fighting cancer or who've lost their lives to cancer did not get to take the year off so why should I!
On April 28th, I will be taking the ultimate challenge by hiking to raise funds for children's cancer and with your help, I can surpass my fundraising goal of $2,400.00! I am hoping you will help us by making a donation which will make a difference in the lives of the 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day.
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.
Five of the 43 children diagnosed every day do not survive. Please, support me as I help change the odds for those children most at risk.
Thank you for helping me work to tell children's cancer to take a hike!
With love and gratitude,
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