My mom is lucky to be a cancer survivor, and not everyone can say that. This will be my second Climb for Hope. The last time I was fundraising for the Mt. Adams All Women's Climb in 2015-2016 (12,250’) my mom was battling stage 3b cancer. It was a terrifying time and hit me so hard to watch my mom suffer from the fear of facing her diagnosis, going through surgeries and many rounds radiation and chemotherapy. During this time we also lost both of our grandmothers to disease. It was a terrible time to say goodbye, to lose the Matriarchy, to lose her best friends, when she too was suffering in pain. That's why this cause hits home for me. I want to step up and make a difference by funding research that can be applied to fighting cancer, MS and other diseases. I’m asking you to please consider supporting my efforts in raising at least $5,000 for this next 18,500' climb. The research we fund will help other suffering families have the same luxury I was given, too. Any amount helps! We're very fortunate to say my Mom has since beaten her cancer and has had clean scans for over a year. But there are still people close to use battling both cancer and MS - like our dear friend, climber and warrior, Jennifer Buerger.
Jodi’s Climb for Hope’s mission is find a viable treatment for breast cancer and MS research. We’ve donated over $750,000 to Johns Hopkins Medicine and are celebrating a decade of Climb for Hope this year, 2017.
I'm climbing 18,500’ to summit Mt. Pico de Orizaba, the tallest peak in Mexico and third tallest in North America, this November. We’ll begin the expedition by climbing Mt. Malinche (14,400’) then camp at ~10,000’ to climatize to altitude. Finally on Day 6 we'll take an alpine start and push to summit Orizaba. With the wonderful leadership of Rare Earth Adventures, the full expedition will be about 9 days.
9 grueling days, thousands of feet above sea level, restricted of oxygen with every small step - where all small tasks will be taxing on the body. We will train intensely for months for this, putting our bodies to the physical test. However, 9 days is nothing compared to the people who suffer every single day from cancer and MS, and unrivaled from those who unfortuantely do not make it to life's summit.
Philanthropy likes our make a direct impact to the doctors who need it. Jodi’s Climb for Hope supports doctors who have climbed with JCFH in the past, literally showing their true dedication to the cause:
- Breast Cancer - Dr. Leisha Emens - dubbed a a "rock start" by her patiends, has made tremendous progress in the immunotherapy research that can be used not only on breast tissue but on all cancerous tumors
- Multiple Sclerosis - Dr. Peter Callabrisi and his team at Project Restore have hit many milestones such as discovering the first effective therapy in which patients improved functional and neurological measures with electrical stimulation.
- Cellular Oncology - Dr. Andrew Ewald, who we’ve newly added to our research ‘squad’. Dr. Ewald rounds out our research as an cellular engineer oncologist studying the development of human diseases
Over the last year I’ve grown more than I thought I would with my job at B’more Organic and have gotten completely involved with this nonprofit since we work as sister organizations. I’ve truly learned that this is bigger than myself and we are making a difference together. Thank you for your consideration!
With so much love,