On Saturday, June 28, 21 hikers gathered to trek 28.3 miles along the Foothills Trail in North and South Carolina. These Ultimate Hikers weren’t there to just take in the scenery; they were there to find a cure for children’s cancer. CureSearch’s Ultimate Hike is a life changing, lifesaving adventure where average people come together to do something amazing.
The Ultimate Hike Foothills Trail took hikers through some rough terrain, but the knowledge that they were hiking for the 43 children diagnosed with cancer every day helped push them through. These hikers raised an amazing $59,195 to help fund innovative and targeted children’s cancer research.
The Hike was one for the record books. Three time hiker, Amy McKelvey, joined the summit club – a group of individuals who have raised $5,000 or more for a single hike – for the third time raising $6,590 this year. One hiker even shattered their previous record for speed on the trail, finishing in less than 7 hours. Long-time volunteer, Keith Wilbanks, helped out at his fifteen Ultimate Hike as part of the emergency management team, the group responsible keeping Hikers safe. He was joined by Scott Krein and Steven Adams who have both volunteered at fourteen Ultimate Hikes.
The weekend was a time to honor and remember those who have been affected by children’s cancer. Hikers participated in honor of eleven survivors and in memory of seven children who lost their battle. This fact made everyone more enthusiastic about the hard work that they were doing.
You too can become an Ultimate Hiker! Visit www.UltimateHike.org to learn more about Ultimate Hike and sign up for the 2015 Ultimate Hike Foothills Trail!