My Xtreme Hike Story
Welcome to my 11th Massachusetts Xtreme Hike. This is the Fundraising page to support the people with Cystic Fibrosis, their families & the Foundation. Covid 19 has continued to provided a lot of twists and turns these past 2 years, but we finally have settled on a hike and a date, June 4th. Some of us will do it live, others virtually.
I'd love to recruit a few of you to hike with me as it will be a great motivator to get outside, shake off the winter pounds and help a great group of people.
Otherwise - if you found this page - it means you are considering a donation to me and this cause. I know many are asked to donate for a lot of great causes and so any contribution - no matter how modest is REALLY appreciated. Drug discovery for CF is making tremendous progress and there are number of families that are directly benefiting currently, which is amazing progress, yet there is still more work to do in terms of increasing treatments, accessibility and affordability.
This is my 11th hike in Massachusetts and 14th time overall (2 in NC, 1 in NY). Each year it gets a bit harder (I'm not quite as young as when I started); however, the families that this disease impacts brings me back. They are a strong and loving group of people dedicated to giving their loved ones a chance and I am grateful that I have the strength and health to help. Cookie (my dad), Rik (local safety expert) and Terry (CF staff extraordinaire) are have settled on a route in western Massachusetts that should be about 26.5 miles and 4500 feet of vertical in and around Jiminy Peak. . This is New England so a variety of unpleasant obstacles abound - rocks, MUD, roots, bugs, ticks and the occasional snake. (Hopefully NO ATVs or skunks). We will be social distancing as best as possible.
There are approximately 30,000 people in the United States and 70,000 worldwide living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. I hike for them and thanks for supporting this effort.
All the best and Thank you