One of the greatest difficulties that can face the person coming out of cancer treatment is a sense of uncertainty and aimlessness. You've been given a green light to return to "normal" life, but what is normal anymore when your cancer could come back at any time, or a new new cancer could show up? Plus, now there are all these ongoing side-effects to deal with from the treatments and surgeries... not to mention health bills, and returning to work or child-rearing or school, and figuring out how to answer the well-meaning "no, really, how are you?" question politely.
One way to find emotional and physical health is by setting a goal. Another is to get active outdoors. Yet another is to build social connection. The Survivors Challenge combines all three.
In November, we will begin recruiting cancer survivors to set a goal of running or walking either the 5k, 10k or 25k distance of the Mountain Magic Trail Run in June 2020. Training will begin in January 2020.
As a family-friendly event in a gorgeous natural setting, the Mountain Magic Trail Run may be the perfect goal to rebuild body and soul, and make friends along the way. An application form will be coming soon.
Shortly after completing treatment and surgery, Alex ran the 5k on the spur of the moment in June 2019. It was her first run since her cancer diagnosis. Photo by Evan Sunderman.