Welcome to my Hike for Hope page

John Has Currently Raised $27,446.00

John Has Currently Raised $27,446.00

Team Fundraising Goal: $26,560.00

Total Number of Gifts: 106
Total Value of Gifts: $6,839.30

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Peaks and Valleys, a Hike of Hope

Purchase your copy of John's book today! Online purchases available at http://johnbcasterline.com/

All profits for the first 1000 books sold will go to the American Lung Association. 50% will be donated for books sold after the first 1000.

This is a remarkable story of a stage IV lung cancer survivor, who chose to fight his demons by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,656 mile journey from Mexico to Canada making way through California, Oregon and Washington. This true story takes you on an exciting journey stirring fears and emotions mixed with the author's wisdom, humor and the reach for hope. Peaks and Valleys A Hike of Hope is a must read for anyone affected by cancer.


Join me on my journey

On July 31st, 2006, I retired for the 2nd time and one week later was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. In Nov of 2010, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had my prostate removed. In Dec of 2010, I was diagnosed with throat cancer and surgery removed 95% of the tumor and radiation was used to complete the therapy.

In 2011/2012/2013/2014, I hiked 2091 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). I plan on hiking again in 2015 and hope to complete the remaining 565 miles. For those not familiar with the PCT, it begins at the Mexican border near San Diego and ends at the Canadian border above Seattle.

So, join me on this adventure. I am dedicating this trek to all those who preceded me in the battle to conquer lung cancer. Please make a contribution for the American Lung Association and support my hike.

NOTE: John came to the American Lung Association in August of 2010 asking how we could work together to raise awareness around lung cancer and raise vital funds for research while incorporating his love of the great outdoors and backpacking. John's goal from the beginning was to raise $10 for every mile that he would hike along the Pacific Crest Trail...a grand total of 2656 miles. He has already exceeded this goal by raising over $27,400 which has been designated for the American Lung Association's Central Florida Lung Cancer Endowment Fund. These funds will be used strictly for lung cancer research in Central Florida.

Please help us to further exceed this goal of by supporting this most worthy cause.

Follow My Blog

I update my journal from the trail on a nightly basis. Check out where I am on the Pacific Crest Trail, the sites along the way, and more. Copy and paste the link below to read my blog:

http://www.postholer.com/tnx4asking
I update my journal from the trail on a nightly basis. Check out where I am on the Pacific Crest Trail, the sites along the way, and more. Copy and paste the link below to read my blog:

http://www.postholer.com/tnx4asking

Guest Book

If you would like, you can add your name, a short message, or a dedication of someone you are making this donation in honor of.

Sign the Guest Book

dave goonen
Wed, Sep 10, 2014
So.....the light IS at the end of the tunnel and it is NOT a freight train coming the opposite direction!
You da man!
Dave

Tom Fier
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Keep going!!! I tried to motivate Mike and all I seemed to do was injure myself; it seems his dad is the only one who can truly motivate him! You are an inspiration to everyone I tell your story too. When you accomplish this goal, do something else to amaze the world. May the force always be with you and may the wind always be at your back.

Chris Ebert
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Cheering from the Florida sidelines!!! Sounds TERRIFIC, John!!

Leslye
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Good luck John. You have truly been an inspiration for all those patients fighting cancer, regardless of what type of cancer they have. What an amazing person you are!! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story along the way.

California Casterlines
Thu, Jul 03, 2014
We sent Grandpa Chipper off to the PCT. He received mountains of hugs from the little Casterlines and lots of smiles and thanks too from us.

Janetta Cannon
Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Good luck John. I just ordered the book. In loving memory of my beloved husband Paul Cannon who lost his fight to stage IV lung cancer two years ago.
I'll follow you on your incredible journey

DENNIS HUGHES
Sun, Dec 08, 2013
John: Please accept this donation on behalf of my mother Natalie Hughes. I am proud t have met you during the OUC Half Marathon. It was such an honor. Thank you and I will be in touch to get the book.

Ann Doyle
Thu, Sep 19, 2013
Please accept this donation in loving memory of Joseph Keefe, on behalf of the families of Garry and Ann Doyle, Kipper and Mary Leah Doyle and Debbie Crane from Prince Edward Island, Canada. It was a privilege to spend time with Joey and Ducky in PEI this summer. They will always be part of our family. Good luck John on your journey. You are an inspiration to all of us.

Lori Coates
Tue, Apr 16, 2013
Wow - great to hear about the book.... can't wait!!

karl
Tue, Apr 02, 2013
John, what a pleasure meeting you this morning. Keep up the tough and good work you're doing an awesome thing. I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming trek, and I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers and pass on your story to as many people as I can!

Dave Goonen
Fri, Aug 03, 2012
Glad you are back in it John!!!

I'm not worthy to even read your blog while sitting in my air conditioned office!
This donation is sent in memory of my sister, Denny.
Dave

Linda Silberg
Wed, Jul 25, 2012
In memory of my Mother, Lonnie, and for all you have done and for just being you!
Thank you, BF -- you are amazing.

Janelle Middents
Thu, Apr 26, 2012
Good luck John, thank you for all that you do for the American Lung Association and raising hope to those battling lung cancer.

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Registration #CH288
If you would like to donate via check, you may mail your gift to:
American Lung Association in Florida
851 Outer Road
Orlando, FL 32814

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