We hope you’ll find our featured hike to be inspiring as we work to Add Tomorrows for people with CF one hike at a time!
Featured Hike: Greater Illinois
Who We Are
The Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted their inaugural Xtreme Hike in 2013 with 20 hikers raising nearly $80,000. This event features a weekend in the beautiful Manistee National Forest with lodging at the Crystal Mountain Resort. The 2014 Xtreme Hike will take hikers back to the North Country Trail and Manistee River Trail near Thompsonville, Michigan on September 27th at the peak of the autumn season.
What makes the Greater Illinois Xtreme Hike unique
Hikers trek on a 21-mile loop on the Manistee River trail and on a section of the North Country Trail, the countries longest National Scenic Trail stretching over 4,600 miles across seven states. Greater Illinois Xtreme Hike challenges hikers with rolling hills and rewards them with beautiful fall scenery along the way. Hikers are supported by volunteer hike leaders from the North Country Trail association. Participants even enjoy a quick dip in the Manistee River before completing the Hike. Xtreme Hike is capped off with a celebration dinner on Saturday night and an awards breakfast on Sunday morning.
CF Mom and first-time Xtreme Hike participant Linda Bertrand says she decided to participate because she thought Xtreme Hike would challenge her physically in a way that she had never been challenged before. Linda shares, “I knew the training would be a big commitment, and I would spend hours preparing my body for the long journey. I thought about my daughter and all she does to stay healthy, every day. There is no comparison.”
Linda’s daughter, Maddie, made friendship bracelets and wrote an inspirational poem for all of the hikers to keep them motivated on the trail and to thank them for their support.
“Xtreme Hike was one of the most special experiences of my life.” Linda says. “The team of hikers and volunteers were incredible! We shared many beautiful stories of courageous adults and children that are fighting cystic fibrosis. Some are no longer with us, but that makes us want to work even harder in their memory to help those that are still fighting.”
Linda is anxiously anticipating next year’s Hike and hopes
that one day CF will stand for “Cure Found.”