Friday, March 27, 2009

Man Skis Across Michigan for His Mother-In-Law

Knut Hill
Knut Hill (photo from WHTM TV)
based on a news article from the Detroit Free Press, "Michigan ski trip nets $11,000, by Dan Cortez, Mar 23, 2009

Knut Hill, age 34, has been spending several days each week this winter crossing the state on skis. His goal has been to raise money for a bone marrow transplant for his mother-in-law, Margy Davis, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Hill skied from Oscoda to Empire, mostly following the Shore-to-Shore Horse Trail. His trip totaled about 200 miles.

Davis has myelodysplastic syndrome, an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer. The bone marrow can be taken from Hill's wife, Davis' daughter. But the procedure costs $300,000 and the insurance will cover only 2/3 of that. So Hill is endeavoring to raise the remaining $100,000. His ski adventure brought in about $11,000.

Hill skied about 20 miles per day, sometimes spending as much as 8 hours on the skis. He stayed at cabins along the way that belong to friends or family members. "I only found one other guy who had done it," he said.

At the web site documenting his goal, Knut has listed the reasons for taking on such an unusual challenge. The top three are
  1. To call attention to Margy's enormous financial burden for her life-saving bone marrow transplant.
  2. Because the trail markers along the Shore to Shore Trail are BLUE, Margy's favorite color.
  3. Because like Margy's battle with cancer, crossing Michigan on foot in the winter is a long, tough journey that requires strength and endurance.

For more about Margy and Kurt's adventure, see Transplant for Margy
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