Crystal Kekai Rowland
I participated in Triumph fitness in Sept 2014. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2013. I completed 16 weeks of chemotherapy, had 2 surgeries and then radiation. One year ago, I could not climb the stairs to my Doctor’s office without feeling weak and getting winded. One month ago, I summited Mt. Shasta.
Triumph Fitness helped me feel strong and capable after feeling so incapable and discouraged. To "pay it forward" and raise money for future participants, 3 Triumph alumni organized Triumph to the Summit.
I wanted to give back to the organization that helped me regain my footing, but also to give people who have never had the experience of summiting a mountain an opportunity to train for an achievable goal. Things look differently once you have trained for and summited a mountain and I believe the experience trickles into other areas of your life in a positive way. On a steep face at high elevation, sometimes you can only get in 8 steps before you have to stop and breathe and it’s this constant pacing and perseverance that allows you to reach the summit.
I hope for the climbers, it will be a meaningful experience. I also hope that people will support our efforts and help us raise funds so that others can experience Triumph Fitness and recapture their lives after cancer!
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