Delaware Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter Hikers Push Limits, Raise $105,000 to Help Support CF Foundation’s Mission

October 1, 2013

Xtreme Hike participants pushed themselves to the limit, exploring 23 miles of trail through Ricketts Glen State Park, a designated national, natural landmark.

Xtreme Hike participants pushed themselves to
the limit, exploring 23 miles of trail through
Ricketts Glen State Park, a designated national, natural landmark. “I wanted to do this hike for my daughter, who has cystic fibrosis. She tackles her treatments, therapies and pills with a positive
spirit and graceful attitude. If she can do that,
I can do this,” said hiker Robyn Cordes.

A team of hikers from two different Cystic Fibrosis Foundation chapters rose to new heights at the Delaware Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapters’ Xtreme Hike to Cure Cystic Fibrosis, held September 7.

The hikers raised more than $105,000 to help support the mission of the Foundation, then explored 23 miles of trail through Ricketts Glen State Park. The park, a designated national, natural landmark, contains 22 waterfalls and trees estimated to be more than 500 years old.

The trails were extremely challenging and volunteers are credited with helping to make the event a success. Paramedic Jonathan Curtis, avid hiker Doug Rudnick and Radio Communications experts, Brian and Gail Klock, among others, offered their time and talents to ensure Xtreme Hike participants had a safe and successful experience.

“I have worked on many events for the past 13 years, but have never experienced the atmosphere seen at Xtreme Hike,” said Delaware Valley Chapter Development Manager Jason Brinn. “The terrain was rough, but morale never buckled. It was so touching to see everyone sticking together and helping each other along.”

For participant Robyn Cordes, the event was a chance to reflect upon life, love and what it means to have CF. “I wanted to do this hike for my daughter, who has cystic fibrosis. I wanted to show her how much I appreciate the challenges she faces every day. She tackles her treatments, therapies and pills with a positive spirit and graceful attitude,” Cordes said. “If she can do that, I can do this.”

The Delaware Valley and Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapters would like to thank volunteers:

  • Eric Cordes
  • Jonathan Curtis
  • Joel Feldman
  • Parker O’Connor
  • Tom Richards
  • Doug Rudnick
  • Al Albright
  • Brian Boland
  • Jonas Corl
  • Karen Haddigan
  • Brian and Gail Klock
  • Ed Moran
  • Steve Stelzman
  • Bruce Stuart

And recognize top fundraisers:

  • Ed and Ilene Hollin
  • Maria Law
  • Nicole Lackey
  • Lawrence Green
  • Bette Hensel
  • John Gallen
  • Claire Wexler
  • Michael Detweiler
  • Norm Walker
  • Barbara Boland