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B4BC Survivorship Fund: Yosemite Hiking Retreat

May 17
Hosted by:Boarding For Breast Cance...
When:
May 17, 2013 at 1:00pm to
May 19, 2013 at 3:00pm
Where:
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK // EVERGREEN LODGE 33160 Evergreen Road Groveland, CA 95321
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Goal: $7,000
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HIKING. YOGA. MEDITATION. REFLECTION. HEALING.

Your support will enable B4BC to grant 14 breast cancer survivors with the opportunity to attend a wellness-retreat in Yosemite National Park, May 17th - 19th, 2013, hosted by breast cancer survivor, Laura Milstead

With over 2.9 million survivors in the U.S. alone, B4BC recognizes the growing need to support the breast cancer community, In 2009, the B4BC Survivorship Fund was established to connect breast cancer survivors with nature-based wellness experiences that enhance their path of healing and long-term survivorship. 

Some survivors may be 13 years in remission, others still going through their last rounds of chemotherapy; and all will have much to share with each other about their experiences over a weekend of hiking, support, reflection, rejuvenation, and fun

 

TENTATIVE  YOSEMITE RETREAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY:

1-2 pm          Arrival / Light Snacks

2-4pm            Introductions 

4-6pm            Yoga

6-7pm            Dinner

7-9pm            Sunset Hike

 

SATURDAY: 

8-9am             Breakfast

9-10am           Drive to Yosemite Valley Floor

10am-12pm    Open Air Tram Ride Around Valley Floor

12-1pm           Lunch

1-5pm             Hiking Yosemite (free shuttle)

5-6pm             Return to Lodge

6-7pm             Dinner

7-8pm             Sunset Yoga 

 

SUNDAY: 

7-9am            Yoga / Spiritual Hour

9-10am          Breakfast 

10am-2pm     Hetch Hetchy Resevoir Tour/Walk 

3pm               Depart

*Extra night time activities to include: Star Gazing, S'mores, Hot Tub Soaking, Line Dancing

 

 

ABOUT YOUR HOST // LAURA MILSTEAD

 

City you reside: Walnut Creek, CA

Age:  50!

Occupation:  Elementary School Teacher…homemaker, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend! And so much more!

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Brief background on your cancer journey (e.g. when were you diagnosed, self-detected or mammogram, treatment, current health status, etc.)

My journey began in May 2011 when a mammogram revealed two small lumps in my right breast. Stage one with no spreading to lymph nodes. Because the lumps were near each other the surgeon was able to remove both lumps with one incision (outpatient procedure) so I was able to save my breast. Yay!  The surgeon also removed 4 lymph nodes.  Surgery was followed by 4 chemo treatments, three weeks apart.  I wore Penguin Cold Caps during the infusions so I was able to keep my hair!  I then received 30, full breast, radiation treatments.  I also found out in December 2012 that I do not have the breast cancer gene. My active treatment was completed in February, 2012.  I’ve been on Tamoxifen for the past year and just now switched to Arimadex, aromatase inhibitors to keep estrogen away!  I’ll be on it for 5 years (well maybe, depending on how I feel!). 

Now I’m in excellent health and am very happy!

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What are your goals or purpose for coordinating the Yosemite Survivor Retreat?

I’m planning a retreat to bring joy to others!  I have been on two retreats for women, Casting for Recovery and Becoming an Outdoors Woman, and I had so much fun that I decided that I needed to give back.  There is nothing like being with others that have suffered as you have.  I know the importance of taking care of your physical and mental health.  There is a serious lack of mental help for cancer patients~especially post treatment.  So this retreat will be full of exercise, yoga, nature, prizes, great food, camaraderie and a lot of laughter.  I hope to break the cycle of negative thought, fear, and worry or at least interrupt it!  This change of habit will promote physical and emotional healing! That’s the whole idea!

I hope the women become lifelong friends and that they will have a new appreciation for what the outdoors can do to one’s mental health.

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Given your personal experiences please explain why you feel nature-based wellness retreat’s are an important part of a survivor’s healing process.

There is something so powerful and majestic about the great outdoors.  It’s there I see God’s work and feel His power~there is no other way to explain a place like Yosemite.  The beauty is indescribable.  It’s also the best place to let go of your past and your fears, to start fresh, to become inspired and hopeful.  If you don’t find inspiration in the great outdoors~you aren’t alive!

And the outdoors just promotes movement and exercise.  It just makes you want to move! Don’t get me wrong~I’m looking forward to the relaxation afterwards, too.

Lastly, I don’t think true healing happens without the comfort of nature.  That’s want happened to me.  I can’t wait to share it!

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ABOUT B4BC 
Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to providing breast cancer education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large.  For more info visit B4BC.org
 
 

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