PUEBLO, Colorado (KRDO) — Hiking nearly 24 miles is no easy feat, but for two Pueblo sisters, it was a fairly easy challenge to take after childhood cancer struck close to home.
In 2017, Kari Hribar’s son, Hudson, was diagnosed with leukemia at age seven.
“It was very difficult. He started out with a rash and we thought it was a hernia, and his lymph nodes were swollen. I knew right away that we had to take him to Children’s to find out what was going on,” Hribar said.
Hudson would be treated for two and a half years. In April 2019, he was finally allowed to ring the bell, a sign of remission.
“It was fantastic,” Hribar recalls.
In addition, Hudson was due to go to Walt Disney World the next day, a wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“He wanted to see Buzz Lightyear’s house,” Hribar said.
During her son’s journey, Kari discovered the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge. The mission, to take a 23.7-mile walk and raise money to fulfill wishes for other children.
“I thought if kids can fight cancer, I can definitely walk for a day,” Hribar said.
Hribar recruited her sister, Charlcy Romero, and the two overcame the day-long walk last weekend.
“I won’t lie, those last four miles uphill were tough. We had to think about Hudson and lean on each other to say that if he can fight cancer and think of all the things he’s been through, we’ll do these four miles,” Hribar said. .
“I would do anything. Just being a nurse myself and watching him go through that, I kind of knew what was going to happen, so to see him be so strong and come out, he was definitely our will to carry on,” said Romero.
Hribar and Romero have reached their fundraising goal, but want to continue anyway. They need to raise $7,500 to make a full child wish come true. You can find more information here.