Hiking For a Cure; Team Leah <3
Attn; Family, Friends, Colleagues, & Supporters
Thanksgiving, 2016; My aunt, uncle, and cousins were vacationing at Disneyland. When posing for a photo, it was noticed that my cousin Leah (16 years old at the time) had a very crooked smile. The decision was made to take her to urgent care, where she quickly ended up at the ER, and in surgery, for a substantial brain tumor. She and my family stayed at that Los Angeles hospital for over a month before being cleared to return to their home city of Atlanta, GA. Had she gone on the amusement rides that day, it was suggested that she would have likely passed away on the spot.
For the next three years, she would fight her battle with cancer. Through high-highs, and low-lows, she continued to smile and push through, taking on each day with great spirit, openness and vigor. Even as she slowly started losing abilities to perform everyday tasks, she hardly ever complained. She surpassed medical expectations, and graduated High School in the spring of 2019. On October 9th, she took her final breath, peacefully, in their family home. She was 18 years old.
This year, on September 26th, I am joining my beloved family and friends in a full day of hiking. This hike will take place in the vicinity of Atlanta, GA, and will be between 20 and 30 miles in just a single day.
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. Five of the 43 children diagnosed every day do not survive. Please, support me as I help change the odds for those children most at risk.
I am participating in a true ultimate hiking challenge to remember my dear cousin Leah, raise awareness, support my family, spread love to those children and families impacted by cancer, and above all else, to fight for a cure.
Thank you for helping me reach my goal, and work toward ending childhood cancer.
All my love,
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