An ongoing campaign honoring the journey that a parent takes to gain access to surgical care for their child.  
Join our hike for health equity, and help us raise awareness of health disparity everywhere. Hike a few miles so that, together, we can provide kids with the life-changing care that they need.
September 21, 2024 | 8-11am
Cheeseboro Canyon Trail, Agoura Hills, CA

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This year, hike participants will have the  option to carry 5 lb to 20 lb backpacks filled with nonperishables (that will later be donated to the West Valley Food Bank). The weight carried is meant to symbolize that of a child which a parent carries on their trek to seek medical attention. Together, we will raise awareness for the half-billion poor and underserved children worldwide whose need for surgical intervention remains unfulfilled. Your participation and support will have a profound impact and create a ripple effect of positive change.

Why we hike

Hike to Mend was inspired by Joel’s aunt who traveled clear across Tanzania to try to save her young - orphaned - nephew who was dying of congenital heart disease. Unable to afford bus fare, she hitchhiked with Joel in tow for a full week, traveling over 700 miles to reach our cardiac mission.

Hike to mend is in honor of the distance that Joel’s aunt and countless other parents travel to try to gain access to surgical care for their child. But more than that, it’s also about the journey we all face when seeking to gain access to healthcare for a loved one, whether you travel on foot, by bus or try to navigate the obstacles of insurance eligibility, denial or simple advocacy, it is about the journey.

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Register below to start! If you are hiking wherever you are, remember to record the distance you achieved on your smart devices and share with @Mendingkids on your preferred social media platform with #hike2mend

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Directions /Map

Location to put in your map: 2333 Fern Dell Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Please drive past The Trails cafe for about 0.3 miles on Western Canyon Rd, and park at the Fern Dell lot. To get to our starting location and trailhead, please turn on Fern Dell Drive from Los Feliz Blvd.

Please DO NOT turn on Vermont Ave or Hillhurst Ave.

Our registration/start location and West Trail trailhead is off to the right of the parking lot and signs will point you to the way.

The length of our hike is 2.5 miles to the top but please know that you can turn around at any point. We will have light snacks provided at registration and water stations along the trail. Please bring sunscreen and sufficient water.

Dogs are allowed on the trail but please think of their welfare, social-emotional behavior, and plan for your pet’s needs prior to your arrival.

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For anything else, please contact our office line at 818-843-6363 or chaoyi@mendingkids.org

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21255 Burbank Blvd, Ste120
Woodland Hills, CA 91367 USA
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