Veteran Takes on the Ozark Highlands Trail

Ultimate Hike dedicated to the memory of cousin 

When serving as an Infantry Team Leader for the US Army in Baghdad, Drew Edwards’s platoon encountered an improvised explosive device (IED), causing serious injury to his left leg. After a year of surgeries in an attempt to save his leg, it became clear that amputation was the best option. “Sure, you feel bitter about it first, but then you realize you need to get on with life. I prefer a more positive approach,” says Drew.

Two years later, Drew again received devastating news. His cousin, Lucy, had been diagnosed with cancer just two days short of her first birthday. Lucy fought cancer for 5 ½ months, eventually losing her battle with cancer.

After Lucy’s death in 2010, Drew and his family were looking for a way to get raise awareness for children’s cancer. They found the CureSearch Walk, and became avid supporters. When CureSearch announced that the Ultimate Hike Program was coming to his town, Drew knew it was the perfect opportunity to become even more involved. Drew recruited Lucy’s father to Hike with him and the pair, along with fifteen other hikers, began training for the 22 mile hike on the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas which took place on December 8th.

The trail is an intense 22 miles, with serious changes in elevation, which would be tough for any hiker. Drew’s injuries made it even tougher. “Although my injuries will make this hike difficult, it is going to be a walk in the park compared to what these children and their families must face,” said Edwards.

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Christine Bork
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