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Ira
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Our climb team, porters, and…
Our climb team, porters, and cooks celebrate as the team comes safely back off the mountain. You will see our two youngest climbers, Macy and Charlie both lifted in the air on the shoulders of the porters.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152176516440025&set=vb.519125024&type=2&theater;
such joy even though I don't understand Swahili. LOL
3 years ago
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Ira
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Wanted to throw out a major …
Wanted to throw out a major shout out to our expedition leaders Kevin and Kristen of K2 Adventures. If you are EVER interested in doing a cool trip to exotic great places, they are the ones to contact.

http://www.k2adventures.org

3 years ago
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Ira
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THANK YOU SO MUCH! It's bee…
THANK YOU SO MUCH!

It's been an incredible fundraiser that outperformed my wildest dreams. Many people told us we shouldn't do this climb...it was too dangerous...people wouldn't donate...WE proved them all wrong and I sincerely thank you for that. It's nice to know that the CURED Foundation will donate 100% of all proceeds above the climb cost directly to research into Eosinophilic Esophagitis.

We proved to the world that kids with a disease can do whatever they put their minds too..

Macy, 11 years old made it to the summit even though she was vomiting along the way from altitude related illness.

Kelly, 18 years old made it to the summit with relatively no issue.

Charlie, 11 years old made it bravely to 16,000 feet and was turned back due to breathing related issues.

I am proud to be associated with these kids. This experience will forever change them and I know each will go on to make their own impact in the world we live in.

Now, we take some time off to decompress and soak in true nature of what was accomplished here. Look for an announcement in the coming months for our NEXT great adventure.

Thanks again.

Ira Feuerstein
EE Dad to 3 kids
602-820-6788
3 years ago
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Ira
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The team has made it down of…
The team has made it down off the mountain safely and is at the team hotel. Everyone is taking a LONG hot shower, cleaning up and getting ready for dinner and a team debrief.
3 years ago
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Ira
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Just heard from the team....…
Just heard from the team....sketchy updates as I have limited information...

Most made it to the summit....

* Kelly made it to the top
* Despite vomiting at the start of the summit push, Macy pushed on through and bravely summited!
* Charlie had an asthma episode on the mountain and couldn't risk going higher. Neil his dad stayed with him
* Terri made it to Stella Point (first false summit)
* the rest of the team made it to the top

Team has descended down to 12,000 feet and will spend the night there recuperating. Then back to the hotel tomorrow.

I am so very proud of this team. This whole thing wasn't about getting to the summit. Whether we made the summit or not, we accomplished our goal of raising money and awareness for a disease that afflicts many kids in the US.

Our EE kids have shown the strength and stamina to achieve new personal bests that many without a disease have never even thought about doing.
KUDOS.
3 years ago
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Ira
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Updated weather report for t…
Updated weather report for the Kilimanjaro summit attempt tomorrow.. Cold, light breeze, clear skies. Temperature around 18 degrees F, winds 5 to 10 miles per hour. This nice weather will make the torture of climbing straight uphill for 8 hours SLIGHTLY more bearable. lol.
3 years ago
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Ira
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TOMORROW IS THE DAY. The tea…
TOMORROW IS THE DAY. The team will be making the summit push.

Tonight before bed please say a prayer for our hikers, it will be the most challenging yet rewarding day yet.
•Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft
•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
•Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
•Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning, we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down,stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down.
3 years ago
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Ira
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The team will try and get a …
The team will try and get a good night sleep tonight but they are now getting in the high altitudes that lead to lack of sleep, headaches, and lack of appetite. They are also going to start battling much colder temperatures and wind speeds..

Tomorrow they will make a push for the highest camp on the climb and the one they will make the summit attempt from! The fifth day follows the path up and across a rocky zone, finishing at the high camp Barafu (15,350 feet) . Very little vegetation can be found on the inhospitable terrain. A field of sedimentary rocks litters the ground.
3 years ago
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Ira
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ENORMOUS ANNOUNCEMENT today.…
ENORMOUS ANNOUNCEMENT today. As our climb team is up on Kilimanjaro helping raise funds and spread awareness of their disease, one of the leading researchers has announced a blockbuster today. They have found the specific protein that causes EoE! your support has indirectly helped with this break through.

Dear Friend of the CCED,

As a friend and loyal supporter of the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders (CCED), I am writing to you so that you may be one of the first to know about a major breakthrough in our understanding of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE).
We have discovered why people develop EoE.

Our findings are a landmark discovery, as we have answered a long-standing question in the field — why is the esophagus the target organ in EoE. I am sure that you have wondered, why certain allergic individuals suffer from EoE or other eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs) when other allergic individuals simply have asthma or eczema or hay fever. Indeed, this question has fueled our research, not only to solve this mystery but also because we believe that it would uncover an effective route to treatment.

Our discovery opens up a new way to develop therapy by modifying the expression and activity of calpain 14. The findings explain EoE and provide a paradigm to understand other EGIDs, as well as allergies in general.

I want to close by thanking you for joining together to end EGIDs. Our findings undoubtedly bring us one step closer to this common goal. I also want to let you know that we need to accelerate our research efforts now more than ever before in order to rapidly apply this and other developing findings to the benefit of all our patients. Please consider what you can do financially at this time to further support our research. Here is a weblink to facilitate your donation. In the comments field, please designate your gift to “CCED Research”.

Sincerely yours,
Marc E. Rothenberg MD, PhD
Director, Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders
3 years ago
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Ira
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The WHOLE team has cleared t…
The WHOLE team has cleared the Barranco Wall and is doing well. Major accomplishment today for sure! Trying to get more updates but communication is spotty. As I get more I will let you know.
3 years ago
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