June 21, 2012, Richard lost his best friend George, of 32 years, to melanoma. It was a sudden death that shocked Richard into a daze of grief. Then Richard discovered Nia at the recommendation of a friend. The transformation he experienced in his body, emotions, and spirit helped him move through the pain and come up with a magical idea to help others suffering from melanoma. 

To honor George's death, he is going to raise 10k for the Melanoma International Foundation, by hiking 212 miles from Yosemite's John Muir Trail to Mt. Whitney, the highest point in California.

In this video Richard explains how he uses Nia to train his body for this incredible endeavor, and how Nia is a major component to strengthen his stability, agility and flexibility.