I am participating in Rise to the Challenge, a 4 month challenge where I committed to hiking to the top of 16 mountains plus hiking 4 Vermont peaks in 24 hours. You may think this is insane, but for me it's a way to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research, while doing something I love.
So far I've completed 25 hikes & 4 peaks in 24 hours and the best part has been spending time with my hiking companions! I've exceeded my initial goal and on Sept 1st in a fit of insanity, I set a new one to complete 30 total hikes by September 29th. It's feeling a little lofty right now with only 6 days to go... but I plan to complete hike #30 the day before our 4th annual hike-a-thon (since I'll be cheering YOU all ON at the event on Sept 29th).
25 Hikes Completed:
- Haystack with Hannah and Riley 6/15
- Haystack with Glenn 6/22
- Lye Brook with Hannah and Lisa 6/28
- Bakers with Lisa 6/29
- Stratton with girls 7/10
- Bromley with Anne 7/11
- Haystack with Nancy 7/13
- Bromley with Hannah and Riley 7/13
- Haystack with Brunos 7/30
- Untersberg Austria with Hannah and Riley 8/10
- Itelburn Switzerland with Riley 8/12
- Haystack with Glenn 8/16
- Equinox with Hennes 8/19
- Stratton with Lisa 8/24
- Bromley with Lisa 8/24
- Little Rock Pond with Singhs 8/31
- Stratton with Glenn 9/1
- Haystack with Lisa, Elizabeth, Molly and Betsy 9/8
- Prospect Rock with all of the above ladies and a few more 9/8
- Bromley with all of the above and a few more 9/8
- Stratton with all of the above and even more awesome ladies 9/8
- Rooster and the Bros with NPW and Lisa 9/13
- Another ADK mtn 9/14
- Haystack with Giovanni and Glenn 9/16
- Stratton w lisa 9/22
The money I raise will support the Be Brave for Life Foundation whose mission is to inform, support and improve the lives of individuals affected by benign brain tumors and cerebrovascular disease. We do this by supporting cutting-edge research; fostering collaboration amongst researchers, doctors, and families; and actively promoting youth leadership and advocacy.
In 2015, my daughter Riley - now 16 years old - started the foundation after her third craniotomy to remove a brain-stem tumor, and we have since raised close to a half million dollars.
Did you know that over 2/3rds of all brain tumors diagnosed in the US each year are benign, or non-cancerous?
I was shocked to learn that all types of brain tumors can be deadly, even benign ones, if they interfere with portions of the brain responsible for vital bodily functions.
Riley's tumors have both been her brainstem, a place you don't ever want to let anyone touch - even the most brilliant brain surgeon; but we have had no other options. Today, luckily Riley is brain tumor free, but lives with a 20% chance of recurrence, so our fight continues - as does the fight of the 700,000 American's living with a brain tumor.
At this time, benign brain tumor and cerebrovascular disease research are underfunded and the public remains unaware of the magnitude of this disease. While much focus is often applied [justifiably] to malignant cancers, there remains a profound need to address research on other neurosurgical diseases, such as benign tumors and vascular disease.
To learn more about the Foundation, please visit our website (http://bebrave.life).
I am taking the fight against benign brain tumors to new heights. I would love your support in whatever way is most meaningful to you!
Please consider making a difference in the lives of individuals suffering with benign brain tumors, their families, and their friends.
I’d love to have you participate in any way that is meaningful to you.
Let’s all Rise to The Challenge!