Former Kidney Donor Hikes to Honor Young Cancer Superheroes

“I didn’t know much about how important kidneys were until my mother-in-law’s kidneys failed.” Before Kris Oien began her Ultimate Hike journey, she first had her own personal journey with kidney donation. It began when she found out that her mother-in-law, who meant the world to her, needed a new kidney. Kris would have done …

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Social Worker Trains for NYC Marathon to Support Children’s Cancer Research

“Last year, two days before the race, I fell down my stairs and broke my big toe.” Those are words of social worker Sarah Fehringer, who finished the 26.2-mile New York City Marathon in 2016, despite experiencing the excruciating pain that comes along with a broken toe. Sarah had committed herself to running the marathon, …

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Melana Ligertwood

Texas Mom to Volunteer at Ultimate Hike to Support Children’s Cancer Research

For Immediate Release Contact: Michelle McGhee (240) 235-2210 | michelle.mcghee@curesearch.org Melana Ligertwood hiked 22.7 miles last year in honor of her son Max’s cancer diagnosis; this year, she’s helping others hike. Houston, TX – When Melana Ligertwood’s son Max was only 8 weeks old, he was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma, which affects 7% of …

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Team Hoos4aCure

UVA Children’s Hospital Team Hikes for Pediatric Cancer Research

Imagine spending almost every day of the week caring for children diagnosed with cancer, and providing support for the families of these children. It takes people with a kind heart, a positive attitude and great emotional strength to do this – and not everyone can. But that’s exactly what these individuals from the University of …

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Kurt Penney

Ultimate Hiker Kurt Penney Takes on a Big Challenge for a Small (But Strong) Girl

You don’t often see a retired grandfather of three hang-gliding over Rio de Janeiro, but that’s exactly what Kurt Penney did back in 2011. In fact, that’s just one of the many outdoor adventures he and his family have tackled over the years. This year he’ll be adding “hiking 28.3 miles in one day” to …

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James Brannock

68-Year-Old Man Hikes 28 Miles in One Day to Help Children with Cancer

Written by Brecka Putnam, Senior Regional Manager, Development. One day a year, for the past four years, James Brannock has found himself lacing up his hiking boots in a remote parking lot at 4:00 AM in the morning. This year will no exception, as the 68-year-old will once again hike 28 miles of the Foothills …

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Cara Simon

Nurse Hikes 21 Miles for Children’s Cancer Research

For Immediate Release Contact: Jennifer Murphy Regional Manager, Development (240) 235-2211 | jennifer.murphy@curesearch.org Philadelphia, PA – Cara Simon is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She loves her job and she is passionate about caring for children. Cara goes the extra mile, literally, for kids who need help. Cara hikes 21-miles …

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Sally Ericksen

Sally Ericksen, Ultimate Hiker

Sixty-five year old Ultimate Hiker Sally Ericksen is an inspiration to many – not just at CureSearch, but at Anytime Fitness as well. Sally’s Ultimate Hike story began when her grandson, Aaron was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at one and a half years old. Although Aaron endured two years of treatment and 150 days in the …

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Najat Daw

Najat Daw, Doctor

While Najat Daw, MD was completing her Pediatric residency in Beirut, Lebanon, she had the unique opportunity of working with children with cancer. She saw the incredible skill that was required to care for these patients, and also that there was a need for pediatric oncologists. When it came time for her to find a …

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