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Hike in the largest grassroots fundraiser in Southern California for City of Hope, and enjoy the beauty of Indian Canyons.

“You have cancer.”

Two days after having surgery to remove a tumor in her abdomen, Allisa heard those three dreaded words. Two days later, her family met with an oncologist who confirmed the diagnosis was ovarian cancer.

“Here I was, at 29, being told I had cancer,” Allisa said. “ I have a hard time even articulating the fear and anguish that I experienced within the first few weeks of learning of my diagnosis. I needed a strong team behind me, and clearly City of Hope was that team.”

Allisa discovered she wasn’t alone, and on March 5, over 700 hikers and volunteers will lace up their hiking boots at Indian Canyons for the 19th annual Hike4Hope. This family-friendly event features eight hikes, ranging from easy to very strenuous and for every age level.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Women’s Cancers Program at City of Hope. One of the nation’s leading centers for cancer treatment and research, City of Hope is committed to fighting the most challenging cancers that affect women today. Helen Keller said it best, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Hikers will take in some of the most breathtaking beauty in the Coachella Valley when they hike these spectacular trails thanks to the generous access granted by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The Coachella Valley and Desert Trails hiking clubs provide seasoned guides to lead new and experienced hikers on trails to a waterfall, old mine or stone pool.

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Allisa survived ovarian cancer.

Whether hiking as an individual or with a team, participation is the key. Hiking not only brings participants closer to the land but also closer to helping City of Hope find the cures and treatments for individuals, like Allisa, who have fought or are fighting the battle. The hike ends at a celebration with food, drinks and T-shirts for all participants.
“Hike4Hope has created a wonderful opportunity for the desert community to hike, have fun and fundraise for City of Hope,” said Sharon Joyce, senior vice president, Corporate & National Philanthropy Programs of City of Hope.

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Eight hikes ranging from easy to very strenuous and for every level.

If You Go:

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017

Time: Hikes: 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m.; Celebration: 10 a.m.

Location: Indian Canyons, Palm Springs

Registration Fee: Adult (Age 15+) $35; Youth (Age 14 and under) and Senior (Age 55+): $25; $10 price increase day of event.