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As 2018 gets started, I am looking for ways to help others while challenging myself. Inspired by the families I know who have faced pediatric cancer, and walking alongside my friend Emily Mangual whose fierce daughter Julia survived Wilm's tumor, I plan to take on a 28 mile hike this April.
Despite living near trails, I am not a hiker. I haven't done an endurance event since the Chicago marathon in the early 2000s. I'll be hiking with a left leg I can't feel due to MS. There are four children and a few more miles on the machine, but I am looking forward to hiking for a great cause--raising funds to help fight children's cancer.
Through Emily, I've learned more about children's cancer, such as the staggering fact that 43 children are diagnosed each day. Five of those 43 do not survive. Those who do survive often face lifelong challenges. To quote Emily, "Sixty percent of childhood cancer survivors suffer long-term and/or late effects from treatment, such as learning difficulties, gastrointestinal issues, loss of bone density, skin problems, heart and liver damage, development of secondary cancers, infertility, and a myriad of other health concerns." I am hopeful that with research, we can do better.
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.
Thank you for helping me work tell children's cancer to take a hike!
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