Welcome to My Ultimate Hike Page
Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues and Supporters:
I’m fairly certain signing up for the “Ultimate Hike,” a one-day, 28.3-mile trek, confirms I might have actually lost my mind! BUT, I’ve chosen to participate for three very important and personal reasons:
1). To raise money for a wonderful and worthy cause: innovative children’s cancer research.
2). To prove to myself that I can do hard things. I can step outside of my comfort zone and scale any mountain in my way.
3). My 2 smart, beautiful, and HEALTHY children
Hiking 28.3 miles sounds really hard and grueling. I am however, certain that it is not as hard or grueling as dealing with cancer treatments or potentially the loss of a child. It will be physically hard. It will be mentally difficult. Again, this is nothing compared to what so many others are going through. I will hike for those who can’t.
Did you know that:
- Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
- 12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
- Children’s cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.
- The average age of children diagnosed is six.
- More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
- 60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.
I am a mother of 2 beautiful, smart, and HEALTHY children. Liam is 5 and Piper Jo is 3. They truly are the most important people in my life. There is no limit to what I would do for them. I am sure you feel the same way about someone in your life even if you do not have children. Imagine for a second that you hear the words “your child has cancer”. No one is ever prepared to hear that your child has a life-threatening illness. Imagine the fear, confusion, and uncertainty. How far would you go? How many of you would wish the impossible—to take their place. I know I would, but that isn’t reality or a possibility. So, what would you do? You would beg and plead for the best treatment available. What if that treatment hasn’t been developed yet?
I am one of the fortunate people who has not been affected by childhood cancer directly at this time. I truly cannot imagine the emotions involved. So, what can I do? What can you do? I have decided to participate in the Ultimate Hike. 28.3-mile hike—one day of my life. That is insignificant compared to a lengthy cancer battle. Please consider donating in my name. Please help me reach my goal! Please share this message over and over again.
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