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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.

Greg Palmer's Hike For Discovery 2007

Total Miles Hiked: 94.2    Total Elevation Change: 8600 ft

Timeline of Events | Why I Participated | About the Grand Canyon

Main Event: May 12, 2007 - Grand Canyon

Hike For Discovery was an very successful adventure fundraising program for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (it is now Team In Training - HIKE ). In exchange for raising $5000 or more to promote research to find a cure for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and Myeloma, they provided training and resources all leading up to an adventure weekend in the Grand Canyon.

  Timeline of Events
Jan 27, 2007Breaking New Ground Breakfast and Hike0.5
Feb 3, 20071 Hr Hike - Patapsco State Park - Oella3.0
Feb 10, 20072 Hr Hike - Patapsco State Park - Avalon5.5
Feb 19, 2007Solo Hike - Patapsco - Orange Grove6.5
Feb 24, 20072 Hr Hike - Loch Raven Reservoir4.0
Mar 4, 20072.5 Hr Hike - Oregon Ridge Park4.0
Mar 10, 20074 Hr Hike - Cunningham Falls/Catoctin Mtn5.0
Mar 18, 2007Solo Hike - Patapsco State Park - Daniels4.5
Mar 24, 20075 Hr Hike - Sugarloaf Mountain6.2
Mar 31, 20075.5 Hr Hike - Gunpowder Falls State Park9.5
Apr 7, 20076 Hr Hike - Caledonia State Park7.0
Apr 14, 20076.5 Hr Hike - Gathland State Park12.0
Apr 21, 20077 Hr Hike - Washington Monument10.5
Apr 28, 20074 Hr Hike - Sugarloaf Mountain5.0
May 5, 20071.5 Hr Hike - Patapsco State Park3.0
May 12, 2007Grand Canyon National Park, AZ8.0

  Why I Participated

I didn't have any personal experiences of loss associated with the cancers researched by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In fact, that was my reason for participating; I want to keep it that way. No family should ever have to suffer from the loss of a loved one from a cancer that may have been curable if more research had been done.

It has been proven that the research that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society supports is making a big difference. In the 1940s, before the society was founded, the survival rate for blood cancers was 0%. Today that has changed. The survival rate for children with blood cancers is 83% and for adults it is 50%. We still have a long way to go, research has proven that there are cures and that research is funded by the generous donations of individuals like you and me. Thank you for all your help in my campaign to raise $5000 for this worthy cause.

Hike for Discovery Boot Logo  About the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon was first given federal protection in 1893 and was finally named a National Park in 1919.

The park encompasses 1,218,375 acres of land in northwestern Arizona on the Colorado Plateau. It averages 4000 feet deep but at its deepest point it reaches 6000 feet down into the earth and at its widest point is 15 miles across.

The canyon now receives 5 Million visitors a year. It has a long history of human inhabitance. Manmade structures have been found in its borders that date back 12,000 years.

As you may expect, with elevation changes as much as 6000 feet, the temperatures in the canyon vary greatly. In the early summer average temperatures at the canyon floor can be 30 degrees warmer then the average temperatures at the rim. You will experience about a 5.5°F temperature change with each 1,000 you descend into the canyon.

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