This beautiful young woman is Torie Costa of North Carolina. She lost her battle with Cancer on Christmas day. I walked a CureSearch fundraiser with her aunt, an Ultimate Hike two-time alumnae, at the Baxter Trails at Fort Mill earlier this year. She said that she had never heard of CureSearch before the diagnosis...but that is where the doctors directed her family to learn more about the disease and treatment options.
This is not meant to be "a downer" during the holidays but I pass it along to thank you for your past support for CureSearch for Children's Cancer research and to remind you that the fight continues.
When I first learned about the Ultimate Hike, I have to admit that I meant for it to be a one-time thing...challenge myself to see if I could raise the money and see if I could walk 28.3 miles in one day. When I met the people and heard their stories, I was hooked. Torie's Aunt, Michelle; Emily's mother, Amy; Eve's mother, Christy; Izzy's mom, Jennie and Will's dad, Jeff have amazed and inspired me.
I plan to be involved again this year in a support role, either as a coach or a volunteer on Ultimate Hike day (I will not be raising money but hope to do that again in the future.) If you want to learn more, go to: www.curesearch.org and www.ultimatehike.org/fh16
Another Ultimate Hike alumna, Nancy Silverman of Camden, has completed 1,000 miles of 2,000 she intends to walk in a twelve month period to raise money for CureSearch. With short legs, she is a hiking machine! www.ultimatehike.org/adventure/trailangel
With thanks for your support and best wishes for the coming year, James