Hike for the Cure

$11,600 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 101 people in 7 months
I'm Joel Mertes, and I'm setting out on April 30th 2018 on a long journey across the Western United States to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  My journey will take place primarily on the Pacific Crest Trail (or PCT) which runs from the US/Mexico border to the Canadian border. The journey spans roughly 2,600 miles through the deserts of Southern California, the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and through the beautiful forests of Oregon, and Washington. 

I'm doing this in memory of one of the most amazing women I've ever known- my friend, Katie who lost her battle to Cystic Fibrosis just a few short years ago. Also in support of my cousin, Nina who is still battling Cystic Fibrosis everyday and beating the odds showing the world the true warrior she is.

 This fundraiser is my attempt to help the CF community and make a difference. The goal is to raise $2/mile walked for roughly 2,600 miles, or as far as my legs will take me. 
$1 - in honor of Katie and those who've lost their lives battling CF
$1 - in support of Nina and those still fighting to breathe everyday. 

I'll be documenting my journey and have several resources to keep the community involved such as a link to video logs and a webpage that can be found here.  

Webpage  (clickable link)
Vlogs   (clickable link)

Thank you so much on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for taking the time to listen and I'm infinitely grateful for any support, help, or sharing you can provide for this cause. Thanks for listening and see you on the trail!

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Dear Hike For The Cure Supporters,
It’s time for a final thank you. All of you have contributed to Hike For The Cure in so many different ways to help a community in need. I need you to know that you made a difference and it’s not unnoticed. You raised over $12.5k for Cystic Fibrosis research!

Here are the faces and the names of the men, women, and children who as Cystic Fibrosis Warriors, are the heroes and inspiration of our campaign. You helped honor the legacy of those of them that have passed and gave hope to those still fighting today.

On behalf of these strong, inspirational individuals and their families I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude for your contributions to our campaign. You are helping provide a brighter future for all of us and you set an example of what the world could use more of. Here’s one last thank you for all you’ve done! YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!

I’ll leave you with a favorite quote:
“Some believe it’s only great power that can hold evil in check, but that’s not what I’ve found. It’s the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of love and kindness.”
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The final Episode of Hike For The Cure is here! Episode 12- the road to Canada
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Hike for the Cure Episode 11 is here! The road to Washington!
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Hike for the Cure Episode 10 is here! The Oregon border to Bend!
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$11,600 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 101 people in 7 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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