Team 1 Million 4 Anna Exceeds High Expectations

In November 2009, the Basso family's life changed forever. Their daughter Anna, age 16, was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma. Classmates, family members, and neighbors alike banded together to aid her valiant battle. They wrote letters, visited Anna, sent cards, and created encouraging videos. A group of her fellow high school students even wrote her favorite band, Manchester Orchestra, and convinced them to bring Anna on stage for an entire concert and dedicate a song to her. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, Anna's brave battle with cancer ended in June, 2011.

Anna was someone who always approached gloomy situations with a positive attitude. In fact, she asked friends and family to forgo a traditional funeral for her, favoring a vibrant, colorful celebration of her life. Wanting to keep Anna's attitude alive, her mom Carol didn't hesitate to turn the deeply saddening circumstances into positive energy. "I don't want another mother to feel the pain and heartache I now live with. I want to do whatever I can to help find a cure for this devastating disease and other children's cancers."

When Carol Basso heard about the Ultimate Hike - Dallas, she saw an opportunity to express her emotional and mental dedication, physically. Carol and 18 friends formed Team 1 Million 4 Anna, so named because Anna's family and friends created a website to ask supporters around the world to promise pray for Anna every day. The website now boasts well over 2 million prayers.

The team set out to complete Ultimate Hike on November 19th, 2011. After confronting a 28.3 mile tour of the Lone Star Hiking Trail on the 19th and 20th, they completed their journey. Setting a very high goal for her team at $47,500, Team 1 Million 4 Anna did not disappoint. Rather, they persevered through cramps and blisters to exceed their lofty goal, raising $54,504 to date. While each participant in CureSearch Ultimate Hike is asked to raise $2,500, Carol's strong will and desire to succeed garnered over $10,000 for CureSearch for Children's Cancer.

In addition to training for Ultimate Hike, Carol took the time and energy to motivate her teammates and other Hike participants. Before the Hike, she addressed the participants to share Anna's story. Knowing she was not the only one hiking in honor or a child with cancer, Carol then presented each participant with a with a card containing the names of each child being honored by the hikers. Bracelets were attached to each, woven of threads containing each child's favorite color.

Anna Lee Basso lives on through inspired friends, and all those united to help find cures for children's cancer.

Christine Bork
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