My Xtreme Hike Story
Welcome to my 12th Massachusetts Xtreme Hike. Last year was a grind, but I'm back at it. This is the Fundraising page to support the people with Cystic Fibrosis, their families & the Foundation. Thanks for considering it.
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 this cause. I know many are asked to donate for a lot of great causes, so any contribution - no matter how modest is REALLY appreciated. Drug discovery for CF is continues to tremendous progress and there are number of families that are directly benefiting currently. Their family stories of hope for their loved ones and being able to see a future is amazing progress. AND there is still more work to do in terms of increasing treatments, expanding the pool of those covered, accessibility and affordability.
This is my 12th hike in Massachusetts and 15th time overall (2 in NC, 1 in NY). Each year it gets a bit harder (I'm not quite as young (or fit) as when I started); however, the families and their dedication 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 we (me and my family that helps) have the strength and health to assist. 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 bears or skunks).
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