2017 Ultimate Hike Dolly Sods Wilderness


Welcome to our team page for Hoos4aCure! We are excited to participate in the CureSearch Ultimate Hike. The funds we raise support CureSearch's mission to fund and support targeted and innovative children's cancer research (www.curesearch.org).  Here are the nuts and bolts of the Ultimate Hike:

WHO: Ten individuals working together to raise $25,000 for CureSearch. Basically we are a group of people who work with kids and families either dealing with cancer or who have dealth with cancer.  See our individual bio’s listed below.

WHAT: Hiking 20.7 miles in one day (why it’s called the Ultimate Hike)

WHEN: June 10, 2017

WHERE: Dolly Sods Wilderness in the beautiful Monongahela National Forest, part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, in West Virginia. The Dolly Sods Wilderness contains much of the Red Creek drainage and contains bog and heath eco-types, more commonly typical to southern Canada. Elevations range from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet.

WHY: See bio's below...but basically because we need to find a cure and research is the key!

HOW you can HELP: Click on the GREEN donate now link to donate on-line. If you’d prefer to donate to a specific team member, just click on their name and it will take you to their individual page. We do accept checks (payable to CureSearch) or cash. See a team member if you’d prefer to donate this way.


Random Row Brewing Fundraising Event on Tuesday, April 18th raised over $600!

On-line Auction raised over $600!

Timberwood Tap House/Timberwood Grill Fundraising Event on Tuesday, May 30th, raised $1,001!


Monday, June 5- Raising Cane's Fundraiser Event from 5-8pm...have yet to hear final amount raised at this event.  Thank you for supporting this event.

Thank you,

Team Hoos4aCure


Laura Nelson (team captain): Laura is a nurse working on the in-patient unit at University of Virginia Children’s hospital. Working with the pediatric oncology population is relatively new to her, as in the past 3-4 years. She has been a nurse, however, for over 25 years, and this pediatric population has truly inspired her. She is hiking for these courageous kids and their families. A lot of people ask her how she can hike 20.7 miles in ONE day. Yes, it is a challenge, but she assures you, it is nothing compared to what these kids and their families go through on a daily basis. She is hiking for a CURE.

Katie Amos: Katie is a nurse on the Acute Pediatrics unit at UVA Children's Hospital. Although she's only been a nurse for a few years, she's worked and volunteered with children for many years and plans to continue working as a pediatric nurse for many years to come! Over these last few years, numerous oncology patients and their families have inspired Katie. Through participating in CureSearch Ultimate Hike, she is excited to give back to these families in a different way - fundraising and hiking for a cure!

Colleen Druzgal: Colleen is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the University of Virginia and has been working with children with cancer for over 10 years now. During that time, she has seen too many families devastated by this disease, and too many instances where there was no cure possible. She has participated in numerous clinical trials funded through CureSearch, and seen the difference this can make. She is hiking 20.7 miles for her first Ultimate Hike to raise awareness and in memory of all of the patients that have been lost to childhood cancer. She is the mother of two children, and loves the outdoors and taking hikes with her family, skiing, travel and UVA basketball!

Christina Gutierrez: Christina is a Pediatric Nurse working at UVA Children’s Hospital. Even though she has been a nurse for 8 years, she is new to taking care of Children with Cancer. Every day, she sees the toll Childhood Cancer takes on the sweet children and families. She is hiking for all the sweet faces that are battling the ultimate fight. There is such resiliency that is seen in these little ones. Also she is hiking for the sweet souls that have passed on, whom the world will never be the same without. She wants to help support finding a cure so that these families don't have to walk through the worst time in their lives.

Stephanie Keeling: Stephanie is a pediatric nurse at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital. She has had the privilege of working with pediatric oncology patients and their families for the past two years and has found them to be some of the bravest and strongest people she has ever met. This is Stephanie’s first Ultimate Hike and she is thrilled to be a part of such a great cause. Stephanie is hiking in support of all her amazing patients fighting childhood cancer, so that one day there will be a cure.

Cindy Laughery: Cindy joined the exceptional team at UVA Children's Hospital four years ago after 30 years of nursing experience. This is her first Ultimate Hike and she sees this as a way to honor and support all of the children she has and will care for who have suffered because of this disease. Cindy believes we ALL can make a difference in the search for a CURE!

Mike Nelson: Mike is an oncology certified nurse who works at the Phillips Cancer Center at Sentara Martha Jefferson. He first discovered CureSearch and the Ultimate Hike when his wife, Laura, recruited him in 2014 to hike with her. Together they raised $5,800 for CureSearch. Although Mike primarily works with adult oncology patients, he has cared for adolescents and young adults. While training and hiking for the Ultimate Hike, he also met several families who have been affected by childhood cancer. Cancer doesn’t discriminate and research is the best way to find a cure. Mike enjoys outdoor activities, sports and is very active with Boy Scouts.

Allison Rothe: Allison is a pediatric nurse at UVA Children's Hospital. She has worked with pediatric oncology patients for the past 13 years. During that time she has seen the toll that cancer takes on her young patients and their families. She is hiking for all of her patients who have bravely fought and who continue to fight pediatric cancer. This is her first Ultimate Hike. She is excited to fundraise and hike for a cure.

Megan Shifflett: Megan is the educational consultant for the Hospital Education Program at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital assigned to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Team. She has the privilege of being a liaison between, kids, families, schools, and the medical team to keep kids "on track" with their peers while in treatment. Megan is hiking for all the kids and families she works with daily. They give her hope and strength to believe that one day there will be a cure.

Jennie Weyant: Jennie has been a nurse since 2013 and worked on the pediatric floor of the University of Virginia Health System for three years after graduating. She is currently a clinical nursing instructor at UVA, teaching third year nursing students how to care for the pediatric population. She has cared for many patients during that time who had cancer and remembers many of them by name who died from their disease and the treatments used to help them. She is hiking 1) to raise awareness of childhood cancers and 2) to help support the endeavors to end them all. Please donate to CureSearch and support innovative efforts to treat and cure childhood cancers now.

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