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home » Hike For Discovery » HFD 2007 » Mar 31, 2007 - Gunpowder Falls State Park

Meet the 2007 HFD Team

Aileen Goss
Andrea Hoffman
Brianna McMullen
Cindy Kiamko
Cindy Vogelberger
Clint Reach
Deb Donofrio
Ellen Brooks
Erin Noseworthy
 Greg Palmer
Heather Mitchell
Heidi Sowers
 Jessica Koman
Joel Shalowitz
 Kate Brotman
 Kate Greenberg
Kendra Plemmons
Kevin Pearson ‡
Kim Guercio
Kyle Bray *
Lisa Fronc *
Lauren Allen †
Olivia Darden
Patti Harden **
Paula Finkelstein
Terrill Esposito
Tracy Kight
Rosamaria Somarriba
Samuel Somarriba
** Hike Leader
* Mentor
† LLS Staff
‡ Honorary Team Member

Hike Hero - Gary

A Hike Hero in the Hike For Discovery program is a person that is currently fighting a blood cancer. The members of each group hike in honor of this individual.

The Hike Hero for the Maryland Chapter is Gary Todd. He first discovered he had enlarged lymph nodes during a visit to the hospital after having chest pains during a hike in late November 2003. In June 2005 he began feeling tired and experiencing night sweats. At first he thought he was worrying unnecessarily because of his impending retirement the next year. However, after a number of tests it was diagnosed with Stage 4, Non-Hodgkin’s spleenic lymphoma.

Gary underwent a chemotherapy treatment in six cycles over eighteen weeks and on January 1, 2006 went into remission. Unfortunately in late March of 2006 he began to feel sick again and in mid-May he began treatment with Rituxin*. He has been diagnosed with chronic lymphoma and will be taking Rituxin every ninety days for at least the next two years.

* Rituxin is an advanced and less invasive medicine that was made possible by money donated for research. It attacks only the cancerous cells and leaves healthy cells intact.

Mar 31, 2007 - 9th Training Hike
Gunpowder Falls State Park - Hereford Area

Time of Hike: 8:30 AM
Distance Hiked: 9.5 Miles
Temp During Hike: Low 51.8 °F   High 59.0 °F
Elevation Change: 300 Ft

Finally, some nice weather for hiking! This weekend the Hike For Discovery group headed out to the Hereford Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park north of Baltimore just off I-83. The day started out a little cloudy but by the end of the hike there was a blue sky overhead and temperatures in the high 50s.

Fly Fishing at Gunpowder Falls
Gunpowder Falls is a popular
destination for Fly Fishing

This was the largest group we had seen in a while (probably because we had to turn in our Grand Canyon trail selections) and our longest hike yet at 9 ½ miles, over 3 miles longer than the previous group record.

The original plan was to start on the Gunpowder South Trail from Bunker Hill parking lot and head across York Road to the Panther Branch trail for a 7 mile loop hike taking 5.5 hours. All the training hikes must have paid off because we found ourselves eating lunch at the 6 mile point just 3 hours into the hike. Luckily I had the park map with me and was able to find a path that would extend our hike by another 2 ½ miles so we could all get a good workout.

There were many natural features to enjoy during this hike. Large rock outcroppings and many small streams were scattered along the banks of the river. Raven Rock Falls greeted us from the opposite bank as we rounded one bend and the cascading waters of Panther Branch made the climb up the hillside feel much shorter.

We also got a short education about the area fish when we met T.M. Le Gardeur who owns and operates Backwater Angler on Monkton Road. He was out helping the Maryland Department of Natural Resources monitor fishing and stopped to talk to us and find out about our journey to find a cure.

  About Gunpowder Falls State Park

Gunpowder Falls State Park was established in 1960 to preserve the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls in Central Maryland. The Hereford area of the park contains 3,620 acres of scenic land and provides many opportunities to enjoy nature while hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing in a nationally renowned special trout management area.

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