Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hike for The Cure (Saturday November 8, 2014)

Recently Ashley and I corresponded with Brett Turner who heads up the group called Hike for the Cure, which is devoted to raising funds for the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation.  This year is their third annual hike and it sounds like a great event to check out and participate in. It is hard to imagine a better opportunity for our readers to combine your passions for hiking/the outdoors with a great cause of raising funds for the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation. Below is a flyer for the hike as well as a message from Brett and a picture of his family. Please check out and like their Facebook Page. For those unable to join on the hike you can also make a donation to the Women's Cancer Research Foundation Here.

This coming November, we will be celebrating the third annual Hike for the Cure. Located at the Top of the World in Laguna Beach, the five-mile hike gives participants gorgeous views of open ocean and the coastal mountains. The event is free and typically draws over 200 supporters. Those who choose to donate, do so for a great cause. Each year, the Hike for the Cure raises over $14,000 for the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation.

For me, the cause is personal. Six years ago, my mother was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer. After multiple invasive surgeries, three rounds of brutal chemotherapy, and the removal of too many organs to count, she was back on her way to a healthy life and ready to put the cancer behind her. To celebrate, my mother planned a bucket-list trip to summit Half Dome in Yosemite. That’s 17 miles, 5,000 feet of elevation, and 14 hours of climbing. Per the usual, her passion for the hike turned contagious, and what had started as a simple family vacation quickly grew into a 30-person parade through Yosemite.

The night before the hike, while trying to play hostess to the large gathering of people who had  assembled in Curry Village, my mother received a missed call. It was from her doctor. On a Saturday. She immediately knew what it meant: The cancer was back. Without telling a soul, my 60-year-old mother pushed through the hardest hike of her life. Not just physically, but emotionally. As she climbed the 5,000 feet from its base, the top of Half Dome personified itself into the cancer that was growing inside her. Conquering the mountain became conquering the disease. With heavy legs burning of lactic acid, she pushed through to the summit. It became a defining moment. Not just for her. For all of us.

I hope you come to the Hike for the Cure. If for nothing else, just to meet my mother Susan Turner. Despite the odds, she’s alive and hiking. Still living with cancer, hiking for her has kept its meaning. My mother, like many of us, uses the time to organize her thoughts, accomplish something physical and connect with a world she will leave sooner than she should. I hope you do too. The Hike for the Cure takes place on November 8th, 2014 at 9:00 AM from the Top of the World. Please visit our website at I look forward to seeing you there.

Brett Turner


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  2. Is the meeting place at Alta Laguna Park or Top of the World Park?


Ashley and I encourage and welcome our readers to submit comments about their experiences on the trails we have posted on our blog or about their own hiking experiences in general.