Ultimate Hiker raises $200,000 for childhood cancer research

Ultimate Hiker raises $200,000 for childhood cancer research

A Knoxville, TN news station, WBIR, recently spoke with Frank Gioscia, an Ultimate Hike participant who has raised more than $200,000 for childhood cancer research since 2010. 

What started as a hobby quickly turned into a life-changing mission. There isn’t a hike he doesn’t like. He said that he is currently going through all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains for the twelfth time. 

“I think if you’re 80 years old, or 75 years old, and if you had cancer, you lived a lot of life, but when you’re just 4 or 5 years old, you haven’t even gotten started yet,” Gioscia said in his interview. “I think that’s where we’ve got to raise money to help these kids have a full life. That’s important.” 

“He is a wonderful, giving, generous man that we are honored to have as part of our program,” said Jennifer Murphy, the national director of campaign development for CureSearch. “Our mission is to drive targeted and innovative research in an accelerated timeframe with measurable results for children’s cancer.” 

Watch the full story from WBIR!  


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