Mari Hoffman: Conquering the Pacific Crest Trai

Enter your keyword


Mari Hoffman: Conquering the Pacific Crest Trail

Mari Hoffman: Conquering the Pacific Crest Trail

Help Mari honor her Mom by raising funds for early detection ovarian cancer research!

Tina’s Wish is thrilled to support Mari Hoffman as she embarks on a courageous journey of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to honor her mother, who lost her fight with Ovarian Cancer last year. Mari will be hiking 2,650 miles from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada, and will be fundraising for Tina’s Wish every step of the way. Mari begins her journey Friday, May 10th.


Mari on the Map:

Days before the hike begins:

“I am feeling both very excited and jumbled with nerves to hit the trail this Friday! I am grateful that my dad will be starting this adventure with me! He will be hiking the first three days with me, planning to go to Mount Laguna. This past week has been full of last minute gear buys, food shopping, practice hikes, and my dad putting up with me incessantly talking about the trail. Getting ready for the PCT has been quite an experience with lots of ups and downs. Now, I just want to get out there and start walking!”

Meet Mari as she begins her courageous journey of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in honor of her mother:

“My mom, Cindy Katler Hoffman, passed away on January 30th, 2023. She battled ovarian cancer in a fearless two year long fight. My mom was fiercely confident and independent and modeled for me and my siblings to seek our own sense of self. Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail has always been merely a dream for me, but my mom always encouraged us to pursue our dreams and make them a reality. I am hiking today to honor my mom and to embody the strength and resilience that she exemplified throughout her whole life.
For those of you who did not get the opportunity to get to know my mom, I would love to share some words about her.
My mom has always had a very peaceful, but powerful presence. She was exceptionally caring and has always been a natural listener and observer. She pursued a career as a psychotherapist and a clinical supervisor, with a particular passion for helping young people in crisis. She pursued many different roles in the mental health field while also meeting my dad and raising three children. She never stopped growing and learning. When she was in remission from her cancer, she wrote her own workbook for therapists and clients to use when starting child therapy. In her spare time she enjoyed her summer vacations in Maine, playing tennis, and taking long walks anywhere and everywhere.
I find myself following in her footsteps, being motivated to keep learning and trying things that I have never done before. My mom is the strongest person I know and fought with kindness and dignity until the end. She would take any bad news as it came and not dwell on it. She would keep moving forward and never look back. I have no other words except gratitude and love for my mom. Embarking on the PCT feels very daunting without her physically by my side, but through her strength and resilience being my example over the years, all I can be is grateful for the tools and love of life that she taught me.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *