Michelle's Ultimate Hike
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 two 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 am a CAPABLE and SELF-SUFFICIENT woman who can surmount ANY difficult situation with determination and pride.
While I begin to see the light after a difficult 2018, I can reflect on this painful detour with appreciation for the individual who has emerged. After so many days feeling broken and alone, I found a new, more peaceful solitude on the winding and jagged path to a multitude of breathtaking summits from North Carolina to California. With a fresh outlook on the road ahead, I am ready to lace up my boots once more to hit the Foothills Trail on April 27th for a new challenge!
About The Hike
On April 27th, I will be one of approximately 100 hikers who will trek a grueling 28.3 miles on the Foothills Trail, crossing between North and South Carolina. I will begin this venture around 3:00am with a projected completion of 6:00pm (pacing myself at approximately two miles per hour). The landscape is diverse, ranging from high rocky outcrops with views to the distant horizon, to quiet forests in deep valleys carved by bold mountain streams. To train, I will locally hike more than 95 miles, collectively, from February through April, with my Columbia-based team, “The Strong Adventurers.”
About The Fundraiser
As a participant in the Ultimate Hike, I’m raising funds for children’s cancer. Specifically, money raised 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. Your donation will make a difference in the lives of the 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day.
As I prepare myself for nearly four months of strenuous training, I ask that you consider helping these children find a new horizon of their own. I challenge you to donate at least $28.30 – one dollar for every mile I hike! With your name pinned to my pack, I look forward to us facing this together. With your help, we can tell children’s cancer to TAKE A HIKE!
See you at the top,
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