Tell cancer to take a hike -- become a hike leader for cancer survivors and caregivers.
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We need volunteers to lead half-day hikes along the Colorado Front range/foothills and nearby areas. Volunteers should have hiking experience, good routefinding skills, and Wilderness First Aid or equivalent (we can reimburse volunteers for this training). Volunteers will also be required to attend Live By Living volunteer orientation. We provide training in understanding the common physical and emotional challenges that cancer survivors may face, how to make the experience a welcoming and enjoyable one, and what to do in the event of an accident. Volunteers may choose the hikes they want to lead, so may choose locations that are convenient to their home/work. Typically, our hikes range from 3-6 miles, with little elevation gain up to 1,000 or 2,000 feet elevation gain.
We are also soliciting volunteers to lead walks in developed parks and greenways. Walk leaders do not need to have WFA certification or equivalent, but still go through LBL orientation. See related posting, "Recovering from cancer is no walk in the park, but walking in the park is recovering from cancer!"
Although more and more people diagnosed with cancer are living longer and longer, it's still true that a cancer diagnosis creates physical and emotional challenges for the person with the disease, their family, and their close friends. One thing that benefits survivors and their caregivers is exercise! The American Cancer Society and other expert organizations recommend that cancer survivors get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise. Live By Living's walks and hikes help get survivors and their caregivers on the path to meeting this recommendation. In addition to the many physical benefits of exercise, our walks connect survivors with nature and with other people who understand what they have been through. The camaraderie of shared experience, the solace of nature, and the positive impact of exercise combine to give survivors new tools to face the challenges that cancer presents. You can be a vital part of this great program!
About Live By Living
2381 S Lupine St, Lakewood, CO 80228, US
Live By Living connects cancer survivors (and caregivers) with nature, one another, and their own inner resources. Our programs combine the proven benefits of exercise, the solace of nature, and camaraderie of shared experience to create a powerful experience that helps survivors regain their bearings, refresh their spirits, and restore their vitality.
Live By Living offers day hikes and snowshoe outings most weekends of the year. We also offer 2-night cancer survivor/caregiver retreats several times a year (14 retreats in 2018). On our retreats, survivors either hike to remote cabins and spend 2 nights and 3 days in a spectacular wilderness setting, or enjoy the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park from a base in Estes Park. Between 2009 and mid-2018, Live By Living has conducted 59 retreats and nearly 400 day trips. Over 1,000 people have attended retreats, and thousands have participated in hikes and walks.
Live By Living is based in Colorado, and offers activities in several locations throughout the state. It recently opened a chapter in Illinois, and a second one in Iowa is in the planning stage.
Live By Living's goal is to offer its services nationwide, so that survivors anywhere can reap the emotional, psychological and physical benefits of its nature-based, healthy lifestyle programs.
We'll work with your schedule.
parks and trails along the Colorado Front RangeDenver, CO 80228
- Outdoor Recreation
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 1/2 day, 1 to 4 times a month (more as desired)
- provide own transportation, must have current auto insurance. Wilderness First Aid certificate or equivalent (Licensed RN is OK).