CORVALLIS - Two former Corvallis residents are returning to Oregon State University to relate their battle against advanced recurrent cancer and discuss their three-month, 810-mile hike across Montana.

Scott Bischke and Katie Gibson, the married authors of the book, "Crossing Divides: A Couple's Story of Cancer, Hope and Hiking Montana's Continental Divide," will give a slideshow and reading on Nov. 26 beginning at 7 p.m. in OSU's LaSells Stewart Center, 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis. The event, sponsored by OSU's Outdoor Recreation Center, is free and open to the public.

Bischke and Gibson both worked and lived in Corvallis from 1988 to 1998, a timeframe that covers the depth of their struggle with Gibson's "terminal" cervical cancer. Gibson is an OSU graduate.

The presentation will blend the couple's slideshow depicting Montana's Continental Divide wildlands with inspirational and humorous readings from "Crossing Divides." A central theme of the talk and the book is the importance of wild country in healing from a disease that had been pronounced "terminal."

Several encounters with grizzly bears provide an avenue for metaphorical comparisons between the fear of grizzlies and the fear of cancer. Copies of their book, published last spring by the American Cancer Society, will be available for purchase both preceding and following the presentation.

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Lisa Hoogesteger, 541-737-3343