PATAGONIA HIKE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH

The team enjoyed a training hike in July 2019 at Mt. Hood, Oregon where they had an opportunity to meet, connect and bond before the upcoming Patagonia hike.

 

Lupe Duarte, Multiple Myeloma Project Manager for the City of Hope, will soon be hiking over glaciers and deep valleys in Patagonia. Her trek will touch the lives of many, raise funds for cancer research and honor those who have survived, live with or died from this type of cancer. The 13-member team will consist of individuals who have a direct connection to multiple myeloma: patients, caregivers, family members of patients, and those who work directly with myeloma patients. The trip is scheduled for November 9-18.
At age 46, Lupe has been the COH Multiple Myeloma Project Manager since 2009. “I am hiking to honor all of our multiple myeloma patients at City of Hope and to honor the memory of all cancer fighters, including my own family member and friends who have beat cancer. Lastly, I’m hiking to honor our beloved Dr. Arti Hurria, as she was not only a close collaborator of our Program but also an amazing mentor to many of us and most importantly, a friend with such spirit and light!”
Preparing for the trek, Lupe awakes at 3:30 a.m. every weekday to work out at a gym for cardio training and endurance. Patagonia will be her second MMRF hike, as she participated in the Grand Canyon Trek in May of 2017. The Patagonia team recently took a practice trek to Mt. Hood in Oregon where they hiked on ice and snow. The upcoming South America trek will be a first for her in many ways. “I have never been out of the Country,” she admits. “and just received my first passport. I’m looking forward to seeing a condor in Patagonia, a bird I have never seen.”
The Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (“MM4MM”) program sponsors are the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (“MMRF”), CURE Media Group and Celgene. They offer this opportunity to allow the team a life-changing experience as the members overcome challenges beyond their perceived limit and honors loved ones and friends living with multiple myeloma. Lupe is convinced that the MM4MM team is living proof that the work being done by the MMRF and its research partners helps myeloma patients live longer and more active lives.
Myeloma is a relatively rare cancer, accounting for around 10 percent of blood cancer cases. It often affects the aged and most cases are diagnosed in people age 65 and older. Although myeloma grows within bone, it is not considered bone cancer. Lupe has more than 23 years of experience in clinical research, which allows her to watch many of the advances and see the importance of research.
Research comes at a high monetary price. Therefore, the Patagonia trek and those like it are also geared to raising funds. Team members pledge to raise a minimum of $10,000 per person and are responsible for a majority of the costs involved in the trip. Friends, family, patients, social media friends and the public sponsor team members. The link to her fundraising page is: https://endurance.themmrf.org/2019Patagonia/LupeFaithMovesMountains
Lupe will follow up when she returns from Patagonia. In the meantime, she says: “Please support my participation in the Patagonia Trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $10,000 and I will need your help to get there. More importantly, patients need these funds to extend their lives while we closer and closer to a cure.”

BIG BOY THRILLS TRAIN BUFFS ON CENTENNIAL YEAR

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Union Pacific Railroad has announced the return of Big Boy steam locomotive #4014 to Southern California in October, making its final public appearance for 2019.
The locomotive will pull a special Union Pacific passenger train consisting of immaculately maintained 1950’s era Heritage Fleet passenger cars commemorating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869, according to The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter.
Called “The Great Race Across the Southwest”, the Big Boy train will depart its home base in Cheyenne, Wyoming on September 27 and arrive in Victorville on October 8th, 2019, before going to the greater Los Angeles area on October 9.

Twenty-five Big Boys were built exclusively for Union Pacific Railroad, the first of which was delivered in 1941. The locomotives were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds. Because of their great length, the frames of the Big Boys were “hinged,” or articulated, to allow them to negotiate curves.

TRAIN BUFFS DID NOT DISAPPOINT. THE PLACE WAS JAMMED WITH SPECTATORS HOLDING CAMERAS. THE DEPOT WAS ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE ROUTE 66 MUSEUM. ONE LAST SHOT AND WE RACED THROUGH THE CAJON PASS TO THE RT. 66 EXIT TO GET IN PLACE FOR ANOTHER SHOT AS IT PASSED.

After a few days at the Goffs Rendezvous, a visit to the Avi Casino and an overnight stop at The Cove in Blythe, we headed for the Salton Sea by way of Mecca. There we got another chance to see Big Boy as he traveled from Indio to Niland. Set up on the highway near the old Cowboy Man’s spot, we awaited Big Boy. He chugged on by at breakneck speed but Alan managed a great shot.