Welcome to the Team Bear Snacks fundraising page!
This is our third hike with CureSearch (and our second time tackling the PCT) and we are so proud to be volunteers for this amazing organization. We both began as novice hikers (really had no clue what we were getting into!) and were overwhelmed by the huge hearts of the people involved - many having lost their own children.
We were astounded to learn that there are no actual "child-sized" treatments for kids diagnosed with cancers - they receive the full, "adult sized" dosages of radiation, chemotherapy, and other treatments. If, and that's a BIG if, the treatment works, the children are often left with life-altering side effects - including damage to the heart, kidneys, and nervous system.
Our aim is not only to accelerate research for less harmful, more effective, and more "size appropriate" treatments for pediatric cancers, our aim is to find a cure for them entirely. What's even more powerful is the fact that more research to combat pediatric cancers only aids in the battle against cancer as a whole - the research benefits everyone suffering with this awful diagnosis.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and support. If any of you has a young (or old) loved one who has passed, or is battling for their life, we would be proud to wear their names as we hike in their honor or memory.
Best Wishes and Many Thanks,
Elizabeth, Vivan, Chris, and James