A few weeks bac, Ridgefield resident Beth Butler and her sister Anne hit the hills of West Virginia to hike 23 miles in the Dolly Sods for childhood cancer research. The “Ultimate Hike for CureSearch” is a series of outdoor fundraising adventures in which participants hike 20-30 miles in one day to raise money towards finding a cure for children's cancer.
The event raised over $100k which will be donated to 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.
Butler was one of the top three fundraisers for the event. "I set out to raise $2,500 and raised over $4,300! Thank you for your generosity, support and encouragement," she says.
Every step the duo took was in honor of Anne’s daughter and Beth's niece, Eloise who passed away from Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2010 at the age of 14.
"I couldn’t help but feel extremely grateful. What an experience to be a part of something so incredibly moving," said Butler.
Inspiring Butler during her trek in the Dolly Sods was her mom who passed away from bladder cancer just six weeks after the death of Eloise. "My mom would always say that she was fortunate to live a long life and that she had options when it came to treatment. But her biggest heartache during 'those months' was the limited possibilities for her granddaughter," says Butler.
Learn more about CureSearch and the Ultimate Hike and to make a donation, click HERE.