ABCDE Team for Melanoma
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ABCDE Team for Melanoma
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Annapurna Base Camp Dream Expedition Team 

We often hear the words courage, perseverance, giving, and passion.  However, it wasn’t until I had the privilege of working with melanoma patients that I truly understood the deep and transformational meaning of these words. It has been through them and their love ones that I have gained a different appreciation for life. To honor the courage, perseverance, giving, and passion of ALL melanoma patients we will be embarking on a quest to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal at the end of Septemeber.

A 10-day trek through this challening, sacred, and inspiring route in the Himalayas will be our contribution to the Melanoma Walk 2016.



The ABCDE Team:

Clara Curiel: A mother of two, wife, daughter, sister, friend, physician, scientist, educator, hiker, runner… always seeking for an opportunity to learn, contribute to society, and the next adventure life has to offer. It is a true honor to complete the Annapurna Sanctuary Circuit in company of three remarkable women Cristina, Gabby, and Christine to support the UACC Skin Cancer Institute in their mission to advance melanoma patient care and research.  

Gabby Guedez: Marketing specialist, and natural leader, wife, mother of three, cyclist, hiker, outdoor adventurer. Venezuelan- Canadian living in USA.  Met Cristina while training to the MS150, and Clara and Christine hiking Grand Canyon R2R. Our next adventure: Nepal!

Participated in various fundraising events: 4 years on The Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Canada by walking 60 kms in tow days, 5 years on the MS150, Multiple Sclerosis fundraising event, cycling 150 miles from Houston to Austin, United Way advocate and fundraiser and excited to join this year the Melanoma fundraising team. Believer of the power of giving back!  Currently Volunteer Captain IronMan Texas, Houston Bayou Land Conservancy Ambassador, Community Emergency Response Leader, AD HOC Board Committee the Woodlands Cycling Club.

Cristina Boccalandro, MD, MPH, grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. She is a physician specialized in endocrinology based in Houston, Texas. She attended medical school in Caracas Venezuela with Dr. Curiel, and since then, they joined forces to start their trekking adventures. Their initial adventure was into the remote Gran Sabana area in Venezuela (Roraima –Kukenan). Dr. Boccalandro initiated her experiences with remote medical work in the Venezuelan Amazon at the Orinoco Basin, shortly after finishing medical school and before moving to Houston, Texas, to continue her postgraduate training. Christina has now established herself in the Texas Medical Center, where she currently takes care of patients from Texas and from many countries around the world and enjoys the multicultural scene in Houston. She enjoys many active sports and multi day adventures. She has done El Camino de Santiago, Patagonia, and the Tour of Mont Blanc amongst other treks. She has participated for 5 years in the MS-150 bike ride between Houston and Austin, the largest fundraiser for MS in the US. She is very excited about the upcoming trip to Nepal and about the opportunity to fundraise for Melanoma Research. A cause very close to her heart.

Christine Claypool Hauer: Met. Engineer, MBA, entrepreneur, wife and mother of two is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast.  Christine developed her love for hiking while growing up in the beautiful state of Colorado and having the Rocky Mountains in her backyard.  She spent most of her career in the materials manufacturing sector before launching a start up company in 1993.  She and her husband currently own a micro electronics based manufacturing business in Tucson, AZ. With two children in college in California, she spends her time between, AZ, CO and CA squeezing in trekking and travel whenever she can.  She has completed many international treks of the world in addition to Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon and over half of Colorado's 14'ers.  Christine is honored to be a part of the melanoma fundraising team and is very excited to be headed to Nepal to trek the Annapurna Sanctuary Loop.  

ABOUT Melanoma Walk 2016
Name Date Amount Comments
Lilian Lai 10/12/2016 $50.00  
Sonia Hariri 09/29/2016 $100.00 God Bless you all for your efforts to improve the lives of others around the world.
Michael Rubin 09/16/2016 $100.00 Great work!! You are an inspiration to all of us!
ELHAM LAHOOD 09/11/2016 $300.00 Thanks for the opportunity
Anonymous Friend 09/10/2016 $200.00 Go ABCD team!
  Total $750.00  
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