This fundraiser is very close to my heart. About four years ago, I was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer. Thanks to the breast cancer research that proceeded my diagnosis, I am alive, well, and adventuring. I was one of the lucky people who was diagnosed with a treatable, maybe even curable, cancer but as every cancer patient would likely say, feeling like you’re totally in the clear for life is unlikely. We always hope that advancements in research will work in our favor throughout our lifetimes. It breaks my heart to say that many people (both men and women) are still dying from breast cancer. Only 20 years before my diagnosis, Herceptin was released and literally became a miracle drug for people with a diagnosis like mine. I was fortunate enough to be handed this medication but back then, people had to fight to receive the treatment. Fundraisers, like this one, have helped to make drugs like Herceptin possible and available. My life was saved due to the incredible scientists and patients that brought this treatment, along with all the other treatments I have endured, to the market. Combining the chance to provide funding to breast cancer and multiple sclerosis research with an adventure with a small group of people impacted by cancer and/or MS seems like an incredibly worthwhile and amazing opportunity for me. It’s time for me to give back in effort to help breast cancer research, which saved my life and I need your help in doing so.
For all of you following my adventures over the past couple of years, this one is probably the most challenging. It requires the most commitment to training and is the scariest to me in that I will truly be roughing it for three days like I never have before. Going through and recovering from treatment forced me to sit still for years. Going through the process certainly shined a light on the strength of my body and mind. As I have been pushing my mind and body to conquer new challenges that were not possible for those years, I feel the connection to my strength in way that is very humbling yet empowering. Aside from the great memories, adventuring gives me a perspective on life that comes only from going to my limits and looking past them. Conquering a challenge in nature provides me with a huge sense of accomplishment, a fortified belief in myself, that carries over into my everyday life. Being one with nature brings me a sense of calm and inner peace. Participating in group adventures like this one, especially with others impacted by cancer, provides me with essential camaraderie and support. Thank you so much in advance for your support in this endeavor. Together we can all make a difference in the lives of those who have been or might be affected by cancer and MS.
To read about the organization that I am working with, click this link, Climb For Hope.
To learn more about the challenge we will be taking on, please read below.
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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 ft. 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. However, prior experience with backpacking and camping is highly recommended. 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. All group equipment, tents, breakfasts and dinners will be provided.Climbers provide their own personal gear, however, let us know if you need assistance.
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 and 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, and 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 (and beer) in Portland. People can jump on a Red-Eye or spend the night in town.