Katie Gochenour and Heather Sours are sisters and crusaders for childhood cancer research. Since 2015, they have been walking and hiking in CureSearch fundraising events in honor of Katie’s daughter, Chloe.
In 2014, Chloe was just five years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood that starts in the bone marrow and spreads to the bloodstream. That’s when she started two and a half years of chemotherapy treatment at the University of Virginia.
“We are very thankful that Chloe is now a happy, active twelve-year-old. She is pure spunk and pure sass, balled up into an adorable smile,” shared her mother Katie. “So many have not been as lucky. Since our cancer journey began, we have met many wonderful families who have lost their children or whose cancer has returned.”
“Before Chloe became ill, I didn’t know the research stats. The lack of government funding is so appalling. Americans spend more on potato chips than we spend on children’s cancer research. So our kids’ health relies on organizations like CureSearch to find the treatments and cures they need to survive.”
“With CureSearch, I know where the money is going and how it is helping. Our family’s passion is to support them, so they can fund the research and clinical trials that will make children’s cancer a thing of the past. So far, we have raised $82,000 and our lifetime goal is to raise $250,000.”
This year, at the 2021 Ultimate Hike Shenandoah Valley, sisters Katie and Heather will be joined on the trail by the next generation of cancer crusaders—their daughters (and cousins) Chloe and Lauren. Together, Team Chloe will hike 21 miles on May 15.
“We hope that everyone will join us and support an Ultimate Hike team this year. It couldn’t be more important.”
ALL is the most common children’s cancer, accounting for 25% of all cancers in children under the age of 15. There are more than 3,000 new cases of ALL diagnosed in children like Chloe in the United States each year. Learn more about active CureSearch research projects to find a cure.
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer works to end childhood cancer by driving targeted and innovative research with measurable results in an accelerated time frame. CureSearch focuses on advancing the strongest research out of the laboratory and into clinical trials and development, where better, less-toxic treatments can quickly help children.