KRISTEN ERICKSON IS CROSSING THE CANYON
On September 27, 2017 Kristen Erickson and a small team of brain cancer warriors will run from the North Rim to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, covering more than 25 miles and 10,000 feet of altitude change.
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CROSSING THE CANYON // KRISTEN ERICKSON
September 27, 2017 Grand Canyon, AZ
I’m Crossing the Canyon in honor of my husband, Jonathan Bass, who died in 2007 after a long struggle with brain cancer. I’m dedicating my crossing to our two awesome boys, William (19) and Christopher (16). Jonathan and I met through rowing while graduate students at Oxford. He’d been diagnosed with a benign tumor at the age of 21, but he survived four surgeries and 21 more years, including three years with a glioblastoma. He never let cancer define him – in the later stages, he scheduled his chemo treatments around rowing regattas – and he was an inspiration to many. I’m Crossing the Canyon with my great rowing buddy, Gail Zaharek, who lost her best friend, also a rower, to brain cancer. Together, we want to raise awareness and generate funding for new treatments that will help the next generation of brain cancer patients.