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home » Hike For Discovery » HFD 2007 » Feb 24, 2007 - Loch Raven Reservoir

Meet the 2007 HFD Team

Aileen Goss
Andrea Hoffman
Brianna McMullen
Cindy Kiamko
Cindy Vogelberger
Clint Reach
Deb Donofrio
Ellen Brooks
Erin Noseworthy
 Greg Palmer
Heather Mitchell
Heidi Sowers
 Jessica Koman
Joel Shalowitz
 Kate Brotman
 Kate Greenberg
Kendra Plemmons
Kevin Pearson ‡
Kim Guercio
Kyle Bray *
Lisa Fronc *
Lauren Allen †
Olivia Darden
Patti Harden **
Paula Finkelstein
Terrill Esposito
Tracy Kight
Rosamaria Somarriba
Samuel Somarriba
** Hike Leader
* Mentor
† LLS Staff
‡ Honorary Team Member

Hike Hero - Gary

A Hike Hero in the Hike For Discovery program is a person that is currently fighting a blood cancer. The members of each group hike in honor of this individual.

The Hike Hero for the Maryland Chapter is Gary Todd. He first discovered he had enlarged lymph nodes during a visit to the hospital after having chest pains during a hike in late November 2003. In June 2005 he began feeling tired and experiencing night sweats. At first he thought he was worrying unnecessarily because of his impending retirement the next year. However, after a number of tests it was diagnosed with Stage 4, Non-Hodgkin’s spleenic lymphoma.

Gary underwent a chemotherapy treatment in six cycles over eighteen weeks and on January 1, 2006 went into remission. Unfortunately in late March of 2006 he began to feel sick again and in mid-May he began treatment with Rituxin*. He has been diagnosed with chronic lymphoma and will be taking Rituxin every ninety days for at least the next two years.

* Rituxin is an advanced and less invasive medicine that was made possible by money donated for research. It attacks only the cancerous cells and leaves healthy cells intact.

Feb 24, 2007 - 4th Training Hike
Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore County, MD

Time of Hike: 8:30 AM
Distance Hiked: 4.0 Miles
Temp During Hike: Low 28.4 °F   High 33.8 °F
Elevation Change: 50 Ft

Time really is flying by. This was our 4th training hike and that means we are already a month into our journey. Things have gone well so far and the group that started out as a bunch of strangers is now a group of friends.

For this hike we traveled north of Baltimore to explore the forests around Loch Raven Reservoir. We met at the intersection of Dulaney Valley Rd and Seminary Ave where we found parking in a church parking lot. The weather was the same as usual; snow and ice covered the trail and the sky was clear and blue.

The trails led us down to the shores of the frozen reservoir. It was a beautiful sight with the sun sparkling off it and I was able to get a few nice photographs. As the sun heated the ice it began to crack making a hollow sound like somebody in the woods beating on a drum.

The plan was to hike 3 hours but the trail proved to be too much for us. Ice made many places on the trail dangerous even though it was mostly level and about 1 ½ hours in we turned down a fire road for a shorter hike back to the cars.

  About Loch Raven Reservoir

Loch Raven Reservoir is located north of Baltimore, MD in Baltimore County. It is one of three major reservoirs owned by Baltimore City and is surrounded by forested land that acts as a buffer to protect the water quality. Many trails cut through these forests and are open to the public for hiking, running, and mountain biking.

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