At the end of this month John "Woody" Orofino, a 27-year-old business development manager from Mill Valley, will head to the Sierra to tackle the John Muir Trail; 210 rugged miles of rugged wilderness from the Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney.
It should take him roughly three weeks to walk the length of it.
Woody says he will be going by himself. But he won't be alone. "My mom's going to be there every step of the way," he says.
In spirit, he means.
Woody's mother, Karen Orofino, died in May at the age of 64 after an almost-two-year battle with ovarian cancer. Woody says he is using the walk to not only clear his mind after such a personal loss, but to raise money for ovarian cancer research and inform people about what he thinks is a little-understood disease that takes the lives of more than 14,000 women each year.
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