GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Thirty-five hikers from the Twin Cities will hike the Superior Trail on Saturday, August 25, each committed to raising $2,500 to benefit CureSearch for Children's Cancer.
Hike coach Emily Buhr and Michele Benyo, a spokesperson for CureSearch, joined KARE 11 News @ 4 Monday to talk about the upcoming Ultimate Hike event.
The hikers started training back in May and have been doing short hikes on weeknights and long hikes on weekends ever since.
On Saturday, most of the hikers will hike anywhere between 11 and 16 hours and cover 32 miles.
The hikers have also done significant fundraising, with many surpassing their $2,500 goal. Their ultimate goal is to reach $100,000 total.
Some hikers have personal reasons to hike, including Michele Benyo. Her son, David, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. After fighting for 2 ½ years, David died in May of 2000. Although Benyo is a long time financial supporter of CureSearch, this is the first time she has participated in a CureSearch event.
Ultimate Hike benefits CureSearch for Children's Cancer, an organization that supports research at 180 outstanding institutions, including Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.
Individuals interested in learning more about or supporting the event can go to Ultimate Hike's website.