Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2012 was the experience of a lifetime. I reached my goal of raising $10,000 for BC Children's Hospital thanks to the generous support of family and friends, not to mention some complete strangers.
I firmly believe in Summits of Hope and the work they do for BC Children's Hospital and I am proud to be associated with them. Both of my children were born at the adjacent Women's Hospital (Olivia on March 11/07 and Jack on April 26/10). With Jack, we had ongoing visits to BCCH as he was diagnosed shortly after birth with hip dysplasia. While it was not a life-threatening condition, he had to wear a soft body brace for the first six months of his life with the possibility of surgery looming if the brace did not work. Thanks to the wonderful care he received at BCCH, surgery was avoided and I am happy to report he is fully mobile today. I have seen as well with the positions that are funded through our fundraising at the hospital and the 'mountain of toys' program just what a difference Summits of Hope continues to make.
I knew from the moment I started my Kili adventure that it would not be my last climb. I hope you all follow my next adventure, Nepal and Everest Base Camp in November 2014!
""It is one of the greatest compensations in life that no person can help another without thereby helping himself.""
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everest Base Camp & Kala Patar 2014