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.







The spiritual, emotional and physical benefits that Julie drew from her wilderness adventures were her constant allies as she dealt with her cancer. Live By Living  provides these same benefits through its transformative outdoor experiences for cancer survivors and caregivers.


We combine a physical challenge, the healing power of nature, and the camaraderie born of shared experience to help you regain your bearings, restore your vitality, and refresh your spirit.














“People ask me, ‘You’re only 50 years old. How can you handle living with a terminal diagnosis like Stage IV?’

“The answer is that I live by living, I love by loving, and I am courageous courageously.’” 
Julie Wrend, 2004.