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Edie Littlefield Sundby
Edie Littlefield Sundby was arrogantly healthy when she received word that she had stage-four gallbladder cancer. The doctors gave her three months to live. "I had to kill cancer before it killed me," Sundby said. Seventy-nine rounds of chemotherapy, five-and-a-half years, and four radical surgeries later, she was in remission. The battle took half of her liver, ten inches of colon, two inches of her stomach, part of her throat, and all her right lung. Amazingly, her spirit was intact!
While driving up highway 101 to Stanford Hospital for surgery, she noticed the Mission bells denoting the El Camino Real. "I had this obsession to hug them, to follow them, I had to walk the old California Mission Trail. I had to walk all 21 Missions, saying a prayer of thanksgiving at each one." On a cold, rainy day in February - six months after losing her right lung, she started walking from Mission San Diego to Sonoma. Fifty-five days and 800 miles later, she made it. "When I got to Sonoma, I was soaring; I did not want to stop!"
Two years later, when cancer returned - and she knew it would - she reflected on how happy the walk to Sonoma had made her. In an instant, she decided to walk the entire California Mission Trail which begins in Baja Mexico. "It was wonderful to have that to look forward to; I had another walk; I had a mission I had something larger (to focus on) than what was going on inside of me." Through the internet, she found a guide and outfitter in Loreto. "I had the promise of a burro for ten days and a vaquero for five days, that was good enough for me." She walked across the border to Tijuana and boarded a flight to Loreto, Mexico.
“THE MISSION WALKER” is a story of trust - trust in Edie's healthcare team, trust in the body’s ability to heal through movement, and trust in faith.
We invite you to hear the rest of this inspirational story at our 60th anniversary celebration in October!
“The Mission Walker is a marvelous book, a moving meditation on the relationships between courage and faith, endurance and transcendence.” Randall Sullivan, Creator, The Miracle Detective, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
“This is a marvelous book of courage and hope. The story is awe-inspiring. The story of her maintaining her faith through all this is truly inspirational.”
My favorite phrase from the author is ‘If I can move, I’m not sick.’ Truly inspirational and challenging to all of us to keep moving and experience life every day to the fullest.”
“Edie Littlefield Sundby’s account of her amazing trek along the entirety of the California Mission Trail is not only captivating and inspiring but also one heck of an outdoors adventure.” Les Standiford, Author