Last October, Andrew Stevens watched his wife drive out of Rockfish Gap in Shenandoah National Park, where he was \u201cleft staring at 160 wild miles to the north.\u201d It would be a challenging walk in the woods for anyone\u2014especially someone with stage-four colon cancer.\r\n\r\nBut Stevens had been planning this Shenandoah trek long before he was diagnosed with colon cancer and given \u201cmaybe three months\u201d to live by his doctor. He endured chemotherapy and endless hospital visits and blood tests.\r\n\r\n\u201cAt first, Andrew was so sick that he couldn\u2019t do anything,\u201d explained his wife, Sarah Stevens. \u201cWhen he finally started getting better, he vowed, \u2018I\u2019m going to make every day worth it and do what I can to be happy in the time I have.\u2019\u201d\r\n\r\nThree years after being diagnosed, Stevens stepped onto the trail and started with \u201ca terrible climb, gaining 700 feet of elevation in barely even a quarter mile,\u201d he wrote of the first day.\r\n\r\nStevens, better known on the trail as \u201cChemosabe,\u201d only made it a couple of days on the trail of that 160-mile hike he named Cancer Takes a Hike with his brother, Dan Stevens, and his good friend Steve Roberts. Complaining of hip and back pain, he left the trail and headed back to the hospital. And before his tests results returned with the news of a tumor, this time in his left hip, he returned to the trail to finish the last two days of the hike. They were the last days he would ever hike. Stevens, 31, died on January 30 of this year.\r\n\r\nCancer Takes a Hike, an event created by Stevens, has become an annual event to raise money and awareness for colon cancer. This year\u2019s hike takes place from October 4 to 18, starting in Damascus and ending in Pearisburg. Stevens\u2019 younger brother, Dan Stevens, helped organize the hike.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy brother was my hero. \u201cHe had been my role model\u00a0 for a very long time--way before he got diagnosed\u2026.This hike for me is a way to continue his love.\u201d\r\n\r\nStevens\u2019 love for the outdoors gave him strength to endure. \u201cIt helped him feel that cancer wasn\u2019t dictating his life,\u201d said his father, Randy Stevens, a pastor in Martinsville, Va. \u201cHiking was his way of taking control of his life.\u201d\r\n\r\nColon cancer\u2014also known as colorectal cancer\u2014is the third most diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the US. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 146,970 new cases and 49,920 deaths are expected this year.\r\n\r\nFind out how to join the next hike or support the cause at http:\/\/cancertakesahike.org.