Climbing Kilimanjaro

Welcome to my personal fundraising page. I'm participating in Survivor Summit where I will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro from January 24th - February 6th, 2015 as part of the fight against cancer. The money I raise will support LIVESTRONG's programs and services, which inspire and empower people affected by cancer.

I will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to honor family and friends that have fought and continue to fight cancer.  I will be climbing for Sarah Steinbach, Raymond Idzkowski, Harvey Green, and Rose Rubinoff, all of whom lost their battle with cancer.  I will be climbing for their family members, who struggle every day with their losses.  I will be climbing for Gertrude Idzkowski, Naava Ellis, and Judy Babat, all of whom have fought cancer, are survivors, but continue to fight.  When I reach the summit I will display an honor flag that will recognize all of their names and will take the time to think of each and every one of them and how they have impacted my world, either directly or indirectly.  Finally, I will be climbing for my six children, with the hope that none of them will ever have to suffer.

Look around you.  Everyone has been impacted by cancer in some way.  Each of us struggles to understand the senseless loss of life and suffering, but are thankful for the time we were able to spend with family and friends.  Every moment of each day is a gift that should be cherished.

My aunt was nineteen when she got married.  She gave birth to their first child when she was twenty.  She had two children under the age of six and was pregnant with their third when her husband was diagnosed with Leukemia.  At that time, there wasn't a treatment for Leukemia.  My uncle was admitted to the hospital to manage his pain when my aunt was in her last trimester. She was admitted to the same hospital where he was when it was time to deliver their child.  She gave birth to their third child ten days before her husband passed away.  She was able to bring the baby to his room so he could see him before he passed away.  My aunt never remarried and raised all three kids by herself.  He was the love of her life.  She went to night school and worked constantly to provide for her children.  When she was 58 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She had a mastectomy, underwent chemotherapy and radiation, and fought the disease.  She fought and she survived.  She just celebrated her 88th birthday.  She is truly an inspiration.

Please support my efforts and join me in making a difference for the 32.5 million people living with cancer around the world. No donation is too small - every dollar counts.

Thank you!