Moose Lake woman joins hike for pediatric cancer researchHEALTH NOTES: Jodi Wegge, 48, plans to join other hikers in the Ultimate Hike Challenge from Cook County Road 1 to Lutsen on Aug. 24 to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Jodi Wegge isn’t entirely looking forward to a 25½-mile hike on the Superior Hiking Trail.
“It’s very grueling,” the Moose Lake woman said of a shorter segment she hiked in the Lutsen area recently.
But Wegge, 48, plans to join other hikers in the Ultimate Hike Challenge from Cook County Road 1 to Lutsen on Aug. 24 to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
It’s a cause that’s close to Wegge’s heart. Her daughter, Megan Wegge, was declared NED — no evidence of disease — earlier this month after battling a highly malignant form of liver cancer for more than two years.
Jodi credits a clinical trial conducted by the Children’s Oncology Group with saving Megan’s life. The treatment was funded by the CureSearch Foundation, which is the sole beneficiary of the Ultimate Hike Challenge.
Megan, whose cancer battle was profiled in a May 2011 News Tribune story, is now 14 and preparing for her freshman year in high school. Although she still suffers after-effects of radiation treatment, Megan has been water-skiing this summer and is looking forward to resuming her passion for playing hockey, her mom said.
Jodi Wegge said Megan’s oncologist was “amazed” by her progress in the most recent checkup. “She said, ‘I think we prayed it out,’ ” Wegge said. “With the kind of cancer she had … we were expecting a different outcome by now.”
Jodi Wegge needs to raise a minimum of $2,500 for the hike challenge. You can get involved.