Maria Parker

Maria Parker is the director of a 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.  Maria finished the race first among women in 11 days and 18 hours, despite having her follow vehicle totaled and dealing with the daunting physical, mental and emotional challenges of what is widely considered one of the toughest races in the world. Race Across America staff called her race “The Most Inspirational RAAM Story Ever.”

During the race itself, Maria and team 3000 Miles to a Cure raised more than $70,000 for brain cancer research…but the real race had just begun.

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 tumors.

In 2015, ABC2 Ambassador BethAnn Telford joined Maria 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 was filmed and shared with the world in a short documentary film

Crossing The Canyon is now an annual event and in 2018, Maria launched a new cycling event, Ride The Blue Ridge Parkway.