Nature lovers in Palm Springs, Calif., recently raised more than $150,000 for cancer research, treatment and education at City of Hope.
|Hikers descend through a canyon. (Photo courtesy Sherrill & Associates Inc.)|
About 850 hikers, volunteers and City of Hope supporters participated in the 11th Annual Hike 4 Hope event on March 1. Led by the Coachella Valley Hiking Club, the hikes meandered through the Indian Canyons of Palm Springs, an area generously opened by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
The Desert Women’s Council founded the long-running event and continues to organize it every year. As part of the post-event celebration, City of Hope offered participants the opportunity to enroll as potential bone marrow donors, successfully enrolling close to two dozen people in the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. To register as a potential donor online, visit www.marrow.org.
“As a cancer survivor, I am so proud to be part of this blessed event,” said Elaine McClain, celebration chair. “The Indian Canyons are magical and the spirit of giving thrives here.”
The 12th Annual Hike 4 Hope is scheduled for March 7, 2010. For more information, call 760-202-3885 or visit www.hike4hope.com.