Life is a precious, but always fleeting thing. And for some, fleeting much faster. Though I have never experienced the hardships of being diagnosed, and fighting, a terminal disease, I know just how precious this time we are given is.

There was a time when I was in the darkest dark. A never-ending fog where I couldn’t see ahead, and felt I could never escape.

As you may know from my blog posts, at a very young age I lost both of my parents to the side-effects of a drug and alcohol induced life-style. A disease in its own. I was seemingly bound for this as well, had I not discovered the immense joy of travel and adventure which probably saved my life.


Because of this, Death is my travel inspiration and every moment counts. I want to help as much as I can with my body, mind, and soul to support Life in itself.

So I have joined up with 24 other travelers and adventurers to support EpicExperience and #Adventure4Life camp. It is an adventure camp bringing together cancer fighters and survivors to support each other against this dastardly disease, challenging them in the outdoors with activities that will build bonds and show them they “can do it” in the fight for life.


The mission of #Adventure4Life struck a chord because too often people take their time on this planet for granted, while others such as cancer patients fight for every lasting second and a hope of stopping the sand in the hourglass from running out.

And one day something can come clawing at me as well, and I want to embark on a physical endeavor supporting this cause so that if my time comes, I will have this to look back on for strength as well.


And hopefully the other 24 Travelers and I will provide strength and motivations for those in a fight for their life right now.

This adventure camp which will bring together cancer fighters and survivors is something I had never heard of, but instantly wanted to support. To feel alive, to feel the beat of the heart pounding on your chest as adrenaline fills you, and a smile forms that is unbreakable in that happy moment – this is what I want to give to these fighters. For it is what gave me life.

I will be hiking from the beginning of the C&O Canal in Georgetown DC 50+ miles to Harpers Ferry West Virginia. I have never hiked more than 10 miles in a day, but if others can fight for their life, I can fight blisters and fatigue to raise money for this.

How to Support/Donate

Any amount of support and donation will be immensely appreciated and will be going to an amazing cause. If you would like to donate towards my 1K goal to give these cancer fighters an amazing experience you can do so at My #Adventure4Life Profile Page. Also, make sure to use the #Adventure4Life hashtag on Twitter to show your support!

The Route – From Bottom to Top

Video Message From The Dead: Start Living.


  1. Annie July 17, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Hi Ryan, you know I’ve followed your adventures with great interest, ever since you explored beautiful NZ. Good luck seems a trivial thing to write to you, I may never meet you but have a good feeling about each and every new adventure you travel.
    All I ask you to remember is the spirit of ‘forwarding on’. This new project of yours certainly seems to fit the mental description I have of forwarding on. You know it is not ‘paying back’, you’ve learnt so much in a short lifetime and you also know I’m genuinely proud of your endeavours.
    Adventurer’s achieve much in this world; my son and daughter do not fit the description as they travel their safe road through life, they’ve learnt much too and I am very proud of them. One day they may well choose to take the first step on an unfamiliar road, maybe they will never feel the need and that too is fine by me.
    For you my thoughts remain the same – Be Safe, Be Good. Annie

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author July 22, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you very much Annie. It has always been wonderful having you follow the blog, and I am sure yourrs will keep “forwarding on” in different aspects!

  2. Lauren Rains July 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

    This is going to be SO EPIC Ryan! I loved this post, and am unbelievably psyched to have you on the team. I can’t wait to follow your journey as you do this!!!

    Just looking at the map laid out here makes my eyes go wide. I may have to add this very adventure to my own personal bucket list next time I find myself on the east coast.

    ROCK ON RYAN!!!!
    – Lauren 🙂

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author July 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Ahhhh! I am so excited Lauren! Thank you for asking me to join in this amazing cause =)

  3. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl July 19, 2013 at 1:19 am

    I agree. I’ve searched for ‘life’ for years. and realize I didn’t get any closer to my answer. Until I started living. really living (and its taken a lot of courage on my part).n i’m realizing what a beautiful gift we’ve been given. and that each moment should be full of love.

    I am sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine. Looking forward to your hiking updates. I think you’ll love the longer distance. 😉

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author July 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you Christine and I’m happy to have another along for the hike…I’m sure all of the digital encouragement will help keep me walking!

  4. Mary @ Green Global Travel July 31, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Wow, this is inspiring! Hiking so much to support cancer survivors must have been extremely rewarding. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author August 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Glad you liked the idea! It was definitely great to be a part of!


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