Hi there, my name is Heather. Thank you for visiting my fundraiser page!
Every year my brother Dan participates in a fundraiser for an organization called Climb for Hope. Check out what this amazing org does: https://www.climbforhope.org/what-we-do/
Climb for Hope’s founder is Dan’s longtime friend Andy who lost his sister Jodi in 2009 to breast cancer.
Each year I donate to Dan & Andy’s cause, however this year I’m taking my support up a big notch by raising my own funds and going on this epic hike of Mt. Adams too!
Although I have not had breast cancer, I am a Survivor of two other cancers. When I was told about the first, at just 32 years old, I had a mere 12 days until I underwent major surgery that would save and change my life forever. Seven years later surgery would save my life again by removing a different & unrelated cancer. Without science, & the hard work of scientists & my doctors, the truth is I just might not be here today. I’m beyond grateful that my mother and several close family members are breast cancer Survivors. But, as all too many of us experience, I’ve lost many people to this horrible disease as well.
Science saved my life. It’s time for me to give back. The monies from this fundraiser go into the hands of scientists who are devoted to researching & developing a vaccine to breast cancer. Can you imagine?!? A vaccine to breast cancer!
I am proud & grateful for the opportunity to support Climb for Hope and these scientists. If this is a cause you believe in, then I ask you to please donate to my fundraiser. Every donation helps, no matter the size! I thank you in advance from my heart for any and all support you lend. Together let’s work to conquer this disease.
If you’d like to know about the actual hike & adventures I’ll be undertaking please read below! ~Heather
CLIMB FOR HOPE INC wrote:
This three day instructional climb introduces you to the proper use of an ice axe and crampons and the joys of summiting a glaciated dormant volcano. At 12,276 feet Mount Adams is Washington's second highest peak and is situated in a remote wilderness.
This climb is open to all physically fit enthusiastic novices, beginners or advanced beginners. Climbers will be expected to train for the climb and be able to carry a 50+ lbs. pack for extended periods. Cost of airfare to Portland not included.
Arrive to Portland, Team Dinner.
Drive to trail head. Climbers will carry full kit, including tents and sleeping bags to high camp at the "Lunch Counter" at 9,250 feet over the course of five or six hours. We'll set up tents & then spend a few hours learning the proper use of ice axes as well as practicing self-arrest techniques.
During the pre-dawn hours we climb the snow and ice slopes from our high camp to the false summit, Piker's Peak, at 11,657 ft. Then we continue on to the true summit. Views include Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens & Mt. Hood. Conditions permitting, the return to camp may include the opportunity to glissade, which is a controlled slide on your feet or butt. It's an alternative to down-climbing using other techniques such as plunge stepping and can be a thrilling way to descend.
From camp, we'll hike out for a celebratory team meal in Portland.