Welcome to My Ultimate Hike Page
Welcome to my Ultimate hike page!
Five years ago I was working at Tapit (our local growler bar) and a customer came in asking if he could put up a poster about this thing called ‘The Ultimate Hike”. He explained it was a 28.5 mile hike done in one day to raise funds for childhood cancer research. I was so impressed people would sign up for this, but never did I think I would ever be in shape to participate in such an event.
Over the past few years I have been exercising with a trainer 2 days a week, and on the other days I walk or run 2 to 5 miles. On the weekends you can find me running in races or hiking on the Appalachian trail. In fact, I completed the Georgia section of the AT December of 2019. When I was at REI browsing the wall for events to participate in, I again saw this event The Ultimate Hike. The timing felt right. After a conference call to learn more about this hike, I was all in.
I have signed up to participate in this ultimate challenge: hiking to raise funds for children’s Cancer. I hate Cancer! I’ve lost friends I cherish and I also have others who have, thankfully, won the fight. The most painful are my friends whose children fought this awful disease at very young ages. We’re grateful they’ve beaten it.
Here are some facts about childhood Cancer:
• Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children.
• 43 children per day are diagnosed with cancer.
• The same treatments that they use for adults they also use on children.
• More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a significant health related issue by the time they are 45 years of age. These health-related issues are side effects of either cancer or more commonly, the result of treatment.
• Only 4% of the billions of dollars that are annually spent on cancer research treatments are directed towards childhood cancer.
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.
I will be training by hiking every Saturday with others who are participating in this challenge. Our first hike I was so humbled to hike with parents who have had children who have fought cancer, and others like me who have lost friends or loved one to this awful disease. It was amazing how even though we were all strangers by the end of the hike we were all friends with one goal in mind: to complete the challenge set before us to hike 28.5 miles in one day!
Here are the details about the hike. We arrive to the hotel on September 25th , and then early in the morning on September 26th, a group of us will ride in vans to hike on the Foothills trail from a drop point on the North Carolina border and hike 28.5 miles south to Oconee State Park. There will be stations all along the way, and if you need any assistance there will be folks there to help too.
I humbly ask you to support me and my hike. I am the one hiking, but every cent you donate makes a significant difference in the life of a child and their family as they courageously fight cancer.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
Thanks for your time, and lets work together to tell cancer to take a hike!
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