A 3K nature hike in North Park will likely be held in memory of a younger Pine man who died from cancer a yr in the past.
Christian Cochran was 23 when he died Sept. 1, 2021, somewhat over a yr after he was recognized with cholangiocarcinoma, a uncommon cancer of the liver.
Hosted by the Christian Cochran Legacy Fund, the Sept. 10 stroll on the park’s Green Trail has no sponsors, no entries, and no signup sheets.
“We wanted to keep it simple,” Christian’s father, Chris Cochran, mentioned. “We want to invite all families and anyone to come out and enjoy the trail with their families and remind themselves ‘What’s good about today?’”
The fund has reserved 4 pavilions — Flagstaff, Flanders, School House and Roosevelt — for the day, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Anyone wishing to take part is welcome to come at any time, Cochran mentioned. The household will begin their stroll round 10 a.m. and others are welcome to be part of them.
While there isn’t any charge for the hike, members are requested to make a donation to the fund, which is elevating cash for Young Adult Survivors United and the Latodami Nature Center in North Park.
Young Adult Survivors United helps younger adults recognized with cancer and their households. Stephanie Samolovitch, 36, a leukemia survivor from Hampton, launched it in March 2020.
“Young adults experience cancer much differently than kids, teens and older adults,” she mentioned. “They’re just starting out, graduating college, planning their weddings, having their first children when they’re diagnosed with cancer.”
Donations from the hike will go towards supporting the group’s applications, which embrace monetary assist for these combating cancer and respite journeys.
“The money raised will stay local in Pittsburgh for residents who are young adult survivors,” Samolovitch mentioned. “We are so grateful for them.”
The Latodami Nature Center in North Park covers about 250 acres. It contains fields, forest, pond, wetland and stream habitats with a sequence of nature trails.
The Cochran household desires to support the middle’s nature and house camps for kids, which Christian loved as a boy and requested his household to support. Chris Cochran mentioned they plan to purchase telescopes to develop the middle’s house program.
“Christian just loved nature so much, the peacefulness of it and the beauty of it,” mentioned his mom, Danielle Cochran.
The nature middle has provided its summer time Young Naturalist Program since 1970, mentioned Meg Scanlon, the naturalist at Latodami.
“One of our most popular programs, we have provided hands-on environmental explorations and experiences to thousands of children since its inception. It is always hoped that we can impact their lives by instilling a love and appreciation for the natural world,” Scanlon mentioned. “We are excited that we can make a difference in the lives of so many young people, such as Christian Cochran, and are honored for consideration of contributions in supporting and expanding our educational programming.”
The Cochran household hopes to make the hike an annual occasion.
“Just show up and find some peace and tranquility and time with your family and friends,” Danielle Cochran mentioned. “Put your cell phones down, talk to each other, play cards, bring your coffee, bring your lunch and appreciate all of the beauty that surrounds you.”
Those unable to attend and wanting to support the fund and the hike’s beneficiaries could make a donation on the fund’s web site. Links and extra data can be found on-line at christiancochran.org.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review workers author. You can contact Brian by e-mail at email@example.com or through Twitter .