60,000 steps. 30 miles. 11 hours. On October 5, 2013, Attorney Chad Kreblin faced the above numbers while participating in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's inaugural Wisconsin
Xtreme Hike. The hike, which followed the National Scenic Ice Age Trail between Eagle and Whitewater, Wisconsin, raised over $90,000 to fund
cystic fibrosis research. Hupy and Abraham was a major sponsor of the event.
Twenty hikers set off, in the dark, at 6 a.m. from the Eagle area. An extremely challenging trail, featuring major elevation changes, was made
more difficult by unusually warm temperatures and humidity in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
At the 20-mile mark, facing blistered heels and dehydration, Attorney Kreblin had a choice to make; continue the hike or withdraw. The
average life expectancy for an individual with cystic fibrosis is currently 37 years old, which so happens to be Attorney Kreblin's age. This
reality and the motivation to help find a cure was all that Attorney Kreblin needed to continue.
As he rounded the corner to the finish line at the Rice Lake Nature Trails outside of Whitewater, WI at 5 p.m., Attorney Kreblin was tired, but
felt an immense sense of accomplishment. The event was a huge success, far exceeding the fundraising goal. He is already looking forward to
the 2014 Xtreme Hike.
For more information about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please visit www.cff.org.
Pictured is Attorney Chad Kreblin (2nd from left) with fellow Xtreme Hikers at the finish line at the Rice Lake Rangers station.