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a logibear in newzealand

On 2 November 2011, at the age of 55, my mom's journey came to an abrupt close. Less than five months prior, one of Mom's older sisters, Marlene, was taken from her. And in the years before that, her other sister Alvina had her own battle to conquer. Mom, Aunty Marlene, and Aunty Alvina were each diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is expected to develop in >40% of all Canadians and as such impacts everyone in one way or another.

Starting in late November, four years after losing my Mom and sixty (39) years after her birth, I am embarking on a personal journey across New Zealand, hiking solo 3000 km from the north to the south. Ultimately, this journey is appealing to me because of the love and respect for nature that Mom and Dad instilled in me throughout my childhood. Mom (Dad too) loved to travel. She took every opportunity to travel with work, including two very noteable trips to Germany and Newfoundland. It was after her trip to Germany that she told me that she wished for me to travel and see the world (especially Germany). Mom and Dad also instilled in me an appreciation for the gifts I have been given, for instance the opportunity to live a healthy and safe 27 years thus far here in Canada. Over the next 3000 km I will be reconnecting with these basic gifts of life and health, hiking alone with my backpack, sleeping under the stars (clouds/rain), and eating a ton of oatmeal. While Mom had much more to teach me, I am finding that she is still teaching me four years on, and will be guiding and teaching me throughout this journey.

I made am ambitious goal to raise $3000 for the Canadian Cancer Society; $1 for every kilometre of Te Araroa (the trail that I will be hiking across New Zealand on; http://www.teararoa.org.nz). By 18 December, only 20% through my hike, I had reached my goal! I have therefore adjusted my goal to an even more ambitious $4500, much more than I ever imagined that I could help raise. Please help me make cancer history! If you had planned on getting me a gift or buying me a beer for my birthday (I arrive in NZ on my 27th birthday), donate it here instead. As you likely know, I like chocolate.. So for ever dollar I spend on chocolate during my trip across New Zealand, I will be donating $1 towards my goal.

All money raised will fund leading-edge cancer research that is improving cancer treatments, preventing cancer and saving lives; provide reliable and up-to-date information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment; offer vital community-based support services for people living with cancer and their families; and advocate for healthy public policies.

Please pledge me and help me reach my fundraising goal!

If you want to read more about how your donation helps, check out the "Learn More" link above.

If you want to follow my journey, check out logibearnewzealand.tumblr.com

Thanks for your support!