Hikers Trek the Pacific Crest Trail

18 hikers from the Los Angeles area gathered at beautiful Big Bear Lake on October 8th for the 26 mile Ultimate Hike - Los Angeles. The hike took place along Southern California's Pacific Crest Trail. An unexpected storm two days before left a dusting of snow on the trail.


Despite the snow, the hikers had extra motivation going into the Hike after hearing the experience of hiker Malanie Edward's family in their fight against children's cancer. In 2008, her nephew, Nathan, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Despite his diagnosis, Nathan made sure to live every day to the fullest. He wrestled in school and traveled to Hawaii where he learned to surf. Malanie noted that, "Nathan became quite the spokesperson for an active teen living with cancer. He spoke at church, on the radio, and even had a segment on the evening news about having chemotherapy," Malanie told the group, "I'm here because I believe that it's my responsibility to honor Nathan's memory and to 'pay it forward'."

All 18 hikers worked as a team throughout the day and encouraged each other to cross the finish line. The Hike had an especially strong showing from the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, whose team included social worker Rosalind Grushkin and nurse Stana Bogojevic. In total, the 18 hikers raised more than $73,000 for children's cancer research.

Christine Bork
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