50 Miles for 60 Years: One Man's Quest

Cancer affects millions of lives each and every day. Dan Neyer understands this very well, as members of his closest family have survived and succumbed to cancer over the past 16 years. Now Dan is passionate about helping families living with cancer, and will be raising funds to support cancer care throughout the region by completing a 50 Mile March on his 60th birthday.

The Christ Hospital has been chosen as a beneficiary of Dan's fundraising challenge, as Dan's wife and sister both received care in our Cancer Program. We are honored to be part of this amazing effort, and hope that you will support Dan and our program!

From Dan: 

Why am I doing a 50 mile march (100,000 steps) on my 60th birthday? 

Because I think I can and I need a new challenge.

I have always liked challenges and I like to push myself outside of my comfort level to achieve. Climbing mountains, rappelling off buildings and down waterfalls, cutting down 100-foot trees, sliding down an ice chute at Mt. Whitney, climbing cables in the snow to reach the top of Half Dome, pull-up and push-up competitions, buying buildings when no one else was, transforming buildings when everyone else thought it would not work, are all things I have and expect to continue to do.

Now that I am turning 60 on July 11, 2019, I want to combine a personal challenge with helping others who have had to deal with challenges, not of their choice, but as required in life, as these are far more challenging than my own challenges. In an effort to give back to others and help in our search for the elimination and cure of cancer as we know it, on my 60
th birthday I am going to push myself to do the following: 

  • Walk 50 miles (100,000 steps) in Greater Cincinnati on July 11, 2019, while also doing 2,000 push-ups along the way as a symbol for endurance and strength which is what is needed in our individual and community fight against cancer.

I am proposing that my first 25,000 steps go to recognize and benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (my daughter Amanda was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on 2003 when she was 15), the next 25,000 steps for The Christ Hospital Cancer Center (my wife Kris has had two separate breast cancer diagnoses in 2009 and 2016), my next 25,000 steps for the UC Brain Cancer Center (my youngest brother Joe died from brain cancer on April 23, 2015), and the remaining 25,000 for the TriHealth Cancer Institute (my sister Diane was diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cancer in 2014).

When I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2014 I wore a temporary tattoo for my sister Diane and brother Joe as I carried them up to the summit of that mountain. I will be walking and hiking around Cincinnati with my family in mind while I complete my journey, while also recognizing all of our community who has been impacted by cancer.

I ask that you join in the March for a cancer cure by supporting cancer care - donate today through the link below!

Learn more about how The Christ Hospital Cancer Program can help you or a loved one.