Maria Parker is the director of a small non-profit whose mission is to cure brain cancer by raising funds for research. Maria helped found the non-profit in 2012 when she learned that her sister, Jenny, had been diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme. The dire diagnosis led Maria to enter the grueling Race Across America, a non-stop 3000 Mile bicycle race from San Diego, California to Annapolis, Maryland, in order to raise money for brain cancer research.
Though her sister died in 2014, Maria continues to fight to raise money for brain cancer research through 3000 Miles to a Cure. 3000 Miles to a Cure believes that ultra-distance athletic events are a powerful symbol for the fight against brain cancer.
This October, Maria will join BethAnn Telford in a rim-to-rim trek across the Grand Canyon in an effort to continue to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research. Their Crossing the Canyon endeavor will be filmed and shared with the world in a short documentary film.