I have blue and gold engrained in my soul as a WVU Alumna for undergrad and grad school. However, I've never been able able to call myself a true Mountaineer. This will be my first Climb for Hope and generally my first major climb. I couldn't be more thrilled about the impact it will have. It's important to be more giving when we can and as a beginner mountaineer I am pushing myself to a physical test for good to give back to an amazing charity.
Jodi's Climb for Hope was named after Andrew Buerger's sister who passed away from breast cancer. They've donated nearly $750,000 to Johns Hopkins Medicine to date, funding specific research for breast cancer and MS. In July 2016, one week before my 27th birthday, Jodi's Climb for Hope is hosting its first ever all women's climb. An amazing group of women will tackle Mount Adams to show these diseases who's boss. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday.
To make things even more special, my friend and Andrew's wife, Jennifer Buerger, was diagnosed with MS after climbing Mt. Shasta and was unfortunately forced to quit her passion years ago. CFH has partnered with Rare Earth Adventures, our expedition outfitter, that will help Jennifer up the mountain and provide her the chance to summit again.
Help us Climb for Hope. Instead of a Christmas or birthday gift, donate to our climb, do it for Jennifer, for Jodi or your loved ones battling these diseases. Every little bit helps.
Thanks for reading!
Hear Andrew's story and learn more about JCFH on the B'more Organic blog: http://bmoreorganic.com/blog/climbing-for-hope-every-day-by-andrew-buerger/
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