Live By Living

Live By Living

At Live By Living, we understand that a cancer diagnosis creates a range of challenges — physical, emotional, and spiritual, to name just a few.  Regaining your strength after treatment is difficult.  Regaining your bearings can be even harder.


Live By Living provides transformative outdoor experiences for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Our day hikes, snowshoe outings, and cancer survivor retreats are structured to help you build up your strength and stamina, to find solace in the beauty of nature, and to inspire, and be inspired by, others who are traveling along the cancer journey.

Live By Living is inspired by, and dedicated to the memory of, Julie Wrend, who passed away in November 2007 at 53 after a nineteen-year battle with breast cancer.  Julie never let her cancer define her. Rather, she used it as inspiration for spiritual and emotional growth.

Julie loved the outdoors, and had great determination. Four months after being diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, she backpacked from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the Colorado River and back. Whenever she suffered a setback, she found solace and healing by hiking, skiing and going on hut trips to the Tenth Mountain Division cabins deep in Colorado’s mountains. One month before her death, she still found joy and peace hiking in the beauty of nature.