100 Mile Ruck March 2024
Danielle Sikonski – 100 Mile Ruck March 2024
As the Director of Family Services at Why Me, I have seen firsthand how the funds raised from the 100 Mile Ruck March has impacted our organization and families. It allows us to increase our direct financial support to families, host more support group meetings, implement new sibling-specific programming, create fun family events, and grow our bereavement program. With a unique perspective of knowing just how important this funding and awareness is to Why Me, I am compelled to do more and take on this challenge myself.
This June will mark my 16th year working at Why Me, and over that time, I have met and been changed by the hundreds of incredible families whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer. I know that this Ruck will be an incredible physical challenge. However, it pails in comparison to the obstacles that our families face every day. Not just the children fighting cancer but also their parents and siblings who endure so much. I hope to raise additional funds and awareness that will continue to grow our services and support our Why Me families.
The 100 Mile Ruck March Challenge is a military-inspired event where a small group of Athletes will Ruck (hike) 25 miles a day for 4 days. Camping out each night on the farm of a local brewery and continuing the march at sunrise each morning. Athletes will carry everything they will need for this 4-day event on their backs, navigate the 100-mile course, cook their own meals, set up and break down their camps each night, and tend to their feet and bodies, all in an attempt to earn the coveted 100 Mile Ruck March Finisher Medal.