Hike For A Cure

Hike For A Cure - Yosemite

As part of our fundraising efforts to find a cure for Histiocytosis, we’ve hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California the past two years. In 2010 we had 21 friends and family members join us in Yosemite to help us raise money and honor our sons.  The hike itself is a significant challenge -looming 4800 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley, and a strenuous round trip of more than 18 miles.

This hike, attended by over 300 people each year is the largest histiocytosis fundraising even in the world and it always takes place on the last Sunday in September.

For us, the spiritual nature of Yosemite and the challenge of the hike parallels the experience of families as they struggle with histiocytosis. With the support of a great group of friends committed to the cause, we find a source of strength that takes us farther than we thought possible. It is an exhilarating experience and an everlasting memory we share with fellow hikers.

The summit of Half Dome is a very strenuous 18-mile round trip hike. It typically takes 10 to 14 hours to complete. Yosemite Valley is at 4000 feet, and the top of Half Dome is at 8800 feet, for a gain of 4800 feet. The final 400 feet of the hike is extremely difficult, requiring us to pull ourselves up cables mounted on very steep rock wall.  The view from the top of Half Dome is simply amazing and the hike itself is a way for us to honor our sons who fought so bravely and so hard.

We've already made our hotel reservations in Yosemite for 2011 and can't wait to go back.  To learn more, visit www.hikeforacure.com

Hike For A Cure - Shenandoah

Saturday, April 30, 2011 is the second year for the Hike For a Cure in Shenandoah, Virginia.  The hike itself is approximately 11 miles along the Appalachian trail and should take between 5-8 hours to complete.  In 2010, the hike raised over $112, 000, and had a remarkable turnout with more than 180 participants and 23 histio families and their loved ones. 

Here is the link to the 2011 Hike For a Cure Shenandoah Page - Appalachian Trail.