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Xtreme Hiker Raises Funds and Awareness for CF Cause, Loses 100 Pounds

October 25, 2013


Dean Randall, a retired high school educator, lost more than 100 pounds training for the Virginia Chapter’s Xtreme Hike, held September 28.

When Dean Randall, a retired high school educator, signed up to participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Virginia Chapter’s inaugural Xtreme Hike, he was prepared to do what he could to help support people with cystic fibrosis live longer, healthier lives.

What he didn’t realize was just how much the event would change his own life. Dean lost more than 100 pounds training for the hike.

“The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Xtreme Hike was instrumental in helping me get back into shape,” Dean said. “It’s amazing what I’m able to do right now. Back in February, I couldn’t even walk up stairs without being out of breath.”

Believing in a Cause

Dean signed up for the event at the urging of his daughter, whose boyfriend has CF. He joined 35 other hikers from Virginia and the District of Columbia. Together they raised $57,000 to help support the mission of the Foundation.

Dean Randall hiking

Dean Randall, center, joined 35 other hikers from Virginia and the District of Columbia for the Virginia Chapter’s inaugural Xtreme Hike to Cure Cystic Fibrosis. Participants collectively raised $57,000 to help support the search for a cure and hiked 31 miles on the Massanutten Trail.

On September 28, the group hiked 31 miles on the Massanutten Trail near Edinburg, Va. For Dean, the hike was an emotional experience — and one that he will not soon forget.

“I learned just how many connections there are to CF. The people I hiked with all knew someone with CF and they all believed in the cause,” Dean said. “I realized this isn’t just about the one person I know who has CF. It’s about an entire community of people who are affected by this disease.”

Along the way, Dean and his fellow hikers were aided by 15 CF Foundation volunteers. Friends and family also came out to support the group as they neared the finish line.

“My goal is to continue participating in this hike and continue helping people with CF until we find a cure,” Dean said.

The Virginia Chapter would like to thank volunteers:

  • Neil Austin
  • Todd Campbell
  • Sam Kees
  • Deborah Johnson
  • Monica Johnston
  • Caitlin Piland
  • Lynn Piland
  • Sharon Ross
  • Ron Snyder
  • Alisha Wood

And Hike Guides:

  • Lead Guide - Corey Snyder
  • Eric StonekingJamie Albert
  • Biff Bowen
  • Mason Bowen
  • Rick Clabbers
  • Greg McKenzie
  • Bill Overman
  • Will Overman
  • Israel Wright

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.