Welcome to My Ultimate Hike Page
Welcome to my CureSearch Ultimate Hike fundraising page!
It's been almost two years since I hike the Foothills Trail for CureSearch, and I am ready to do it again. Julia, my seventeen year-old daughter and twelve-year cancer survivor is hiking with me. Together, we are committed to raising at least $5,000. I will provide a link to our team page and Juila's personal fundraising page once I get them up and running.
Julia was five years old when she was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer. While we were devastated about the diagnosis, we had every reason to hope that she would survive with proper treatment because researchers had already developed a protocol that was successful in curing 85-90% of Wilms Tumor patients. Julia had three different chemotherapy drugs, surgery to remove her diseased right kidney, two weeks of full abdomen radiation, at least two blood transfusions, two partial bowel obstructions likely caused by scarring from surgery and radiation, several trips to the ER, loss of appetite, and half a year of school interrupted.
It was a walk in the park compared to treatments for other forms of childhood cancers, when treatments are available. Sixty percent of childhood cancer survivors suffer long-term and late side effects-- lingering fatigue, painful neuropathy in their limbs, cognitive/learning problems, heart and other organ system failures, infertility, secondary cancers and more. Julia did not survive cancer unscathed, but she survived, and all indications suggest that she will have a long and healthy life.
In the course of her treatment and in the years since, we have met too many children and parents of children who did not survive and others who have had devastating long-term and late effects. We want to do all we can to reduce the number of children who die from cancer and help researchers find less toxic treatments for all children suffering from cancer.
We are participating in a true ultimate challenge - hiking to raise funds for children's cancer and with your help, we can surpass our fundraising goal! Please, make a donation and make a difference in the lives of the 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day.
The Foothills Trail will take us just over thirty miles up and down hills, past waterfalls and through forests on path that starts in North Carolina, continues through South Carolina and ends in Georgia. It will not be easy and we have many, many more miles to hike as we prepare for the big day. But as Julia said of many things when she was in treatment and for a long time after, it will be WAY easier than cancer.
The money we 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 we help change the odds for those children most at risk.
Spread the word and share this page. Thank you for helping us tell children's cancer to take a hike!
Emily and Julia Mangual
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