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168.4 miles

July 13-18, 2020 | Amboy, CA to Kingman, AZ

In Memory of Rachel Howland

Meet Rachel

7 year old, Rachel Howland was a fun-loving child, not different from any other little girl her age.  At the age of 5, just 3 short weeks after her 5th birthday, Rachel’s father found a lump under her left arm.  After several test, the Howland’s were given the dreaded news no parent ever wants to hear. “Rachel has cancer.”


On March 18, 2015, Rachel started the fight for her life.  Her fight would consist of countless rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, stem-cell transplant, and trial medications over the time span of 3 years.  


Sadly, Rachel never reached remission, her family only watched her cancer progress. Rachel’s treatment started at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas then moved to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Finally, Rachel was referred to Dr. Yael Mosse’ at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Rachel was the first child in the world to receive the Nepenthe Trial for Neuroblastoma ALK gene mutation, but like many other treatments she was on, it failed.  


Rachel went home to be with our Lord on Feb. 4, 2018.  Rachel never complained about treatment, or not having hair, she was always smiling and laughing, talking about her love for Jesus, her friends, pastors, teachers, and family. Rachel will certainly be missed, but her family is so grateful for the time they spent with her.




  • Kathy Nicolls

15 Mile Sponsor

10 Mile Sponsor

  • IBEW Local Union #617

5 Mile Sponsor

  • Emily Martin

2 Mile Sponsor

  • JoCo DA Friends

Sponsored A Mile:

  • Julie Smith
  • Steve Sodergren
  • Melissa Goodman
  • Emilie Burdette
  • Serena Swartz
  • Melissa Goodman
  • Juanita Smith
  • Twyla Way
  • Dorothy Crane
  • Emily Martin
  • Leslie Howland
  • Laura Laughlin
  • Barbara Martin
  • Steve Sodergren
  • Susan Lomeli
  • Linda Rodman


emery inspired a rebellion

She was small but she was fierce.

Emery was only 2 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer, not just cancer but Stage 4 Neuroblastoma with the odds stacked against her from day one. 

She fought more bravely than any child ever should, but the available treatments failed her. 

Now we fight back. This foundation was created to save and support kids with Neuroblastoma - in memory of Emery. 

We must change this.

Emery's Story

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