My 2013 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike is dedicated to building awareness about thyroid cancer and helping to provide resources for past, present and future thyroid cancer patients.
In 2006, as a newly diagnosed thyroid cancer patient, the Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association (ThyCa) was an incredibly valuable resource to me. Whether I was learning about this cancer on their website, attending a conference, or downloading their low-iodine cookbook, ALL of it was FREE.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. In 2009 I hiked, in part, to recover from my thyroid cancer. It was physically and mentally challenging but the toil and fatigue were well worth the joy experienced, friends made and vistas seen.
Thyroid cancer is one of the few cancers whose incident rate has increased over recent years. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 60,220 new cases of thyroid cancer in the U.S. in 2013
Starting at the end of April 2013, I will average hiking 20 miles a day for 4-5 months. I will be blogging the entire experience here and at my main journal site www.postholer.com/lionheart.
My goal is to get every 2,650 miles of the PCT sponsored. At $10/mile, or any amount you can afford/mile, how many miles can you sponsor? Or how about a penny for every mile of the PCT? That’s a donation of $26.50! 100% of donations go directly to ThyCa.