My big brother, Zack, died of liver cancer on May 28, 2011. He was only 12 and I was almost 7. Childhood cancer is a terrible disease and affects too many kids like my brother. Childhood cancer isn’t something that happens just to the kid with the diagnosis, it happens to the whole family. I spent most of a year in a hospital room and in the Ronald McDonald house with Zack and my parents. Sometimes it was hard but I was happy we could all be together.
My parents friend, Mike Owen, has been hiking in Zack’s memory since he died. We decided to join him this year to raise money to help cure cancer for kids.
I am participating in a true ultimate challenge – hiking to raise funds for children’s cancer. The money I raise will support CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support targeted and innovative children’s cancer research, with measurable results.
We chose this hike for a couple of reasons. Since it is a 12 mile hike, we thought it would be great to hike a mile for every year Zack lived on this earth. Also, this hike is held the weekend of Zack’s 19th birthday so we thought this would be a great way to celebrate his birthday.
Additionally, they are a great source of information and resources about children’s cancer for families. With your help, I can exceed our family fundraising goal of $2,500! Please, donate and make a difference in the lives of the 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day. Click here to donate now: http://www.curesearchevents.org/goto/mayofamily
Five of the 43 children diagnosed every day do not survive. Please, support me (and my family) as I help change the odds for those children most at risk. No kid should have to watch their brother or sister die. Any amount you donate is greatly appreciated!
Thank you for helping me work tell children’s cancer to take a hike!
Nick Mayo (age 13)