Everyone asks why I climb and it’s difficult to explain. I don’t really have an answer except that I have always been drawn to the mountains. It’s not just about standing on top of the mountain, that’s just the icing on the cake. It’s about the journey from the moment I start to prepare for the mountain, to making new friends, to the challenge of tuning into my inner strengths and working with mother-nature to reach that summit. In 2001, my friend the late Rob Plank asked me to climb with Summits of Hope on their 1st climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro while raising funds for children at BCCH. I was onboard right away. I thought to myself, what a great idea, I can climb while making a difference for children that were struggling to climb their own personal mountain. Since then, over the course of the years, I have had to use the resources at BCCH for my children which included a 5 day stay in the pediatric ICU with my 18 months old son at the time, who had a rare life threatening disease. I am one of the lucky parents that had a happy ending and I am proud to say that now he is a healthy 10 years old thriving in life. Now, while I climb, it’s a great feeling to know that I can give back to BCCH and hopefully help other parents find their happy ending by raising funds that contribute to medical research that find cures for different diseases. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.
"Everybody has a mountain to climb!"
Mt. Kilimanjaro 2001
Mt. Elbrus 2004
Everest Base Camp 2011