Jodi’s Climb for Hope’s mission is find a viable treatment for breast cancer and MS research. Thus far our climbs have generated over $750,000 in donations to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Although this non-profit is a decade in, this is my second year climbing and raising funds for breast cancer and MS research.
Dollars to doctors - every donation makes a measurable difference in the lives of these researchers, so they can make a unmeasurable difference in the lives of other:
- 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
Fun fact: All doctors have climbed with our nonprofit before! Cotopaxi, Kilamanjaro and Mt. Adams since 2007. They’re literally out there with us climbing for hope.
My story with Jodi's:
I was first brought to mountain climbing by the Buerger family - Andy, Jennifer, and their two beautiful children. I am privelaged to share an office with the sister company of Jodi's Climb for Hope, B'More Organic. It allows me to witness the hard work and resilience of the Buerger's, the love they share, and their inspiring commitment to better the world. When I found out that Jennifer, self employed mother of two and MS warrior, was going to climb Mt Adam's, and asked me to join, I decided to re-examine my life and commit to something big.
That climb I watched my friend accomplish something incredible - the first attempt of an MS patient at an assisted climb of Mt Adams. And certainly did something I never thoug,klht I could do. I had a fresh eye for life and a new drive to be better for myself.
At the summit I thought of my own family. I lost my father when I was young and my mother at 18 to cancer. I realized that they themselves never got to see something like this, nor would I be able to share this experience with them. I climb with reverence for the families of others, for those that suffer, who live with the hope that they may live long lives with their children; for those children, in hope that they can have the opportunity to share more Life with their loved ones.
At the summit I looked back at our path and I realized I would climb again and again, to continue raising funds for others to keep living. Money donated goes right back to researchers at Johns Hopkins working to develop cures for breast cancer and MS so that families have a shot at a future. We climb to pay respect to those who cannot, to remember we are blessed with able bodies and to love our bodies as long as we have them.
This trip, we’re 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 tart and push to summit Orizaba. With the wonderful leadership of Rare Earth Adventures, the full expedition will be about 9 days.
Please, please, please help us reach our goals to continue supporting research partners at Johns Hopkins and to continue the memory of Jodi and the many lives that can’t be with us on the mountain.
Thank you for making an impact!