Ultimate Hike Dedicated to Anthony and Children's Cancer Research
Thanks for visiting my Ultimate Hike page and THANK YOU for your support!
Holy Moly! What an experience!
I will never be able to put into words how incredibly saddened and inspired and accomplished and amazing and beautiful this past weekend was.
28.3 miles turned into over 30 miles.
33 hikers. Over a dozen volunteers.
Just under 13 hours, no blisters, sketchy knees, super sore calves and toes.
I am blessed to have been part of an extraordinary, dedicated group of people that are pulling together for the same cause, to save the lives of children!
Met some wonderful folks with Camp Happy Days in the Charleston area. I am hopeful to be able to work with them in the near future.
I still have a few hundered dollars to reach my goal. Thank you for your doantions!
What is the Ultimate Hike for me? 28.3 miles of giving it my all for children like Anthony. Please read Anthony's story. Hopefully it will inspire you to give. 43 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. 5 of the 43 do not survive. Every child deserves a greater chance at surviving cancer, CureSearch helps increase that with their research. Please, support me as I help change the odds for those children most at risk.
I have an amazing friend, with a heart to give and give, whose nephew is Anthony.
Here is Anthony’s story:
11 year old boy, recently diagnosed with Autism, has achy legs and knees. The first thought was “growing pains.” As the pain worsened, Anthony was taken to the ER for x-rays, then sent to Shriner’s Hospital for an MRI, and on to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. Results from the MRI suggested cancer. 8 biopsies later, doctor’s confirmed and diagnosed Anthony with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Although Anthony is high functioning, the procedures were extremely stressful for him. Anthony is a real trooper!
A team of doctors did a full body scan on Anthony. Thankfully, the cancer was only found in his knee and lower femur. A team of doctors devised a 29 week schedule to recovery. A port was installed so Anthony could receive 18 rounds of chemo and medications more easily. What a strong and patient young man, 18 rounds of chemo for an 11 year old.
Doctors removed cancerous portions of Anthony’s knee and femur, replacing these with special metal. More chemo to follow. Then came ambulance trips to Pittsburgh due to fever spikes, which were indications of infection. A very scary time for Anthony and his family, especially with Anthony being so weak from the chemo. Again, Anthony had a will to push through all of the pain and agony.
With chemo treatments completed, walking was a top priority for Anthony. The knee implant and extreme atrophy, from being bedridden for so long, have taken a toll. Physical Therapy 3-5 days per week help to increase Anthony’s strength and get him walking again.
3 month checkups, 6 months of meds, and a long recovery period for this brave young man. Anthony began growing hair back. His surgeon calls it "crazy chemo hair" since it usually comes in different than it was originally. His is coming back pretty thick and curly!
Anthony can return to school!
After being pulled out of school to conquer the biggest battle of his young life, Anthony is finishing 5th grade with new friends and continuing to 6th grade with a new outlook on life. Good thing Anthony is a smart kid and is catch up fast!
Anthony has completed his physical therapy! Congratulations Anthony!
I am participating in a true ultimate challenge - hiking to raise funds for children's cancer and with your help, I can surpass my fundraising goal! Please, make a donation and make a difference in the lives of the 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day. Five of the 43 children diagnosed every day do not survive.
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.
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