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Disciple carrying sister's ashes from Mexico to Canada to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis

Cody Franks, who attends The Circle Church (Disciples of Christ) in Santa Cruz, Calif., began hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on May 1 carrying with him his sister’s ashes. Franks has suffered all of his life from cystic fibrosis, which is a terminal illness. His sister, Jessie, also had the disease. When Franks told his sister that he was planning to hike nearly 3,000 miles from the Mexican border to Canada, she said, "I wish I could go." He said, "I’ll take you with me." She died two weeks later. Now Franks is carrying her ashes on this epic journey.

Proceeds raised by his journey will be split between the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute. "No one with cystic fibrosis has ever attempted this," Franks said. In fact, fewer people have completed this hike than have successfully climbed Mount Everest. You can follow Franks’ walk through blogs, video updates, and even a GPS tracker, as well as donate at www.frankswalk.com