Every long and difficult journey starts with one step. For Eric Montgomery, that journey is the trek of a lifetime. Over the course of four months, he’ll hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Although Eric is hiking solo, he won’t be alone. He’s teamed up with Swifty Foundation, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Dragon Master Foundation and Kortney Rose Foundation to raise awareness and funds for another difficult journey — curing childhood brain cancer.

Four Pennies Per Step

The National Cancer Institute, the largest source of cancer research funding, currently spends only four pennies of every available research dollar on childhood cancer – with an even smaller portion dedicated to pediatric brain tumors.

Our foundations are working together to raise four pennies for each of the 4.6 million steps it will take Eric to hike the PCT for a total of $185,000! 100% of all proceeds will fund research for children with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a highly aggressive brain cancer that defies treatment.

4.6 Million Steps

Eric will take more than 4.6 million during his four month trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. Throughout his journey, he will not only be raising funds and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research, he will be introducing us to the wonders of six of the seven American biomes the trail passes through … from desert to forest to mountain range. Whether you join Eric on his journey from a classroom, your computer or your phone, there will be lots to learn and experience. And we will walk along together as he figures out how to survive four months alone on the trail .… he has never done this before!

Why We are Stepping

Although medical advances in the past 40 years have improved survival rates for many types of childhood cancer, diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) are not one of them. These highly aggressive brain tumors defy treatment and are always fatal. Located in the area of the brainstem that controls a child’s breathing, blood pressure, heart rate and other vital functions, DIPG tumors can’t be removed through surgery.

Curing DIPG will take the entire pediatric brain tumor community working together. Your Four Pennies donation will be invested in Project Open DIPG, a collaborative research effort by the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC) and the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC). Project Open DIPG embodies a “team science” strategy – pairing CBTTC’s approach to tissue sample collection, genomic sequencing and data analysis on the CAVATICA platform with PNOC’s clinical trial efforts.

By sharing data openly, Project Open DIPG will help the research community more quickly identify and develop personalized treatment strategies for DIPG and other types of pediatric brain tumors.

Take Your First Step

Eric is hiking solo, but the journey to find cures for pediatric brain cancer can only be taken together. Please join us and take your first step by:

  • Making a donation. 100% of all proceeds  will fund a collaborative research effort targeting the deadliest of all pediatric brain cancers.

  • Follow Eric on his You Tube channel and on social media.

  • Tell someone about Eric’s hike so they can also take a step toward finding a cure.