It seems like a long time ago when I first took the plunge and signed up for my first Summits of Hope climb: Ecuador 2007. A daunting goal at the time, and one that I will never forget. Since 2007 I have climbed with Summits of Hope 4 more times, reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro twice, trekking to Everest Base Camp, and helping lead a team of climbers along the Inca Trail, a first time trek for Summits of Hope. Each trek a unique experience, with unique and inspiring individuals; each individual striving to challenge him or herself to reach fundraising and personal goals. Always a team effort, always an unforgettable experience.
In recent years I have joined the Board of Directors of Summits of Hope, helping to raise awareness of the organization, encouraging people to join climbs, and working with BC Children's Hospital to determine how Summits of Hope can help the kids in the hospital the most. It has been amazing to hear stories and see first hand how the money raised (almost $3 million!!) is helping sick kids at BC Children's Hospital. Working in health care myself, I see everyday the life changing impact of traumatic events, and how important the right resources are for recovery and coping for patients and families.
I am very excited to be joining the Kilimanjaro 2016 expedition in the fall. This will be my third time in Africa. My first trip there in 2009 was one of the most memorable trips of my life. A team of 21, reaching the top of Africa together, raising money for BC Children's Hospital together, and making a difference together. Last year I helped to lead a smaller group up the Rongai route to Uhuru Peak! New memories will be made this year, new challenges met head on, and even more money raised for BC Children's Hospital.
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"Everybody has a mountain to climb!"
Mt. Kilimanjaro 2009
Everest Base Camp 2011
Machu Picchu 2012