Why I'm Taking on Kili

A lot of things have changed since I drove 22 hours across the country to begin working for a nonprofit that was a hot topic in media headlines.  The LIVESTRONG Foundation has undergone a name change, change in leadership, and a shift in focus.  While I often struggle with change, and in this case the change was extremely difficult and challenging, it has propelled this organization forward to do great things for individuals and their families affected by cancer now.  Instead of sitting on the sidelines, I have decided to jump in and do my part nowby climbing the world’s tallest freestanding mountain to raise money for this foundation whose cause is so important to me.

When I decided to fundraise for my first event with Team LIVESTRONG in the fall of last year, I was energized and excited to even be involved, and simply ready for some fun.  Now, after a year into my time with the Foundation, I am completely passionate about the important work that is being done and am so eager to create awareness of its immediate impact on people affected by cancer.  This place changes lives, both inside and outside of the building.

Throughout my time with LIVESTRONG, I have had the privilege to witness something special:  individuals and their families served with the resources the LIVESTRONG Foundation continues to develop and offer.   These resources are just as critical now as ever.  To name a few: Navigation of the health care system, direction regarding clinical trials, patient advocacy, transportation services and guidance through preserving fertility.

To do my part in the fight against cancer, My Dad and I will be participating in Survivor Summit where we will be hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro from February 8-21, 2014.  We will be joined by 15 other team members, half of whom are cancer survivors and all of whom have been affected by the disease.  The money I raise along this journey will go toward LIVESTRONG's support programs and navigation services.  Please support our efforts and join us in making a difference for the 28 million people living with cancer around the world.  And remember these three things:

1.       Life is change.

2.       Change is good.

3.       Be the change you want to be.

No donation is too small - every dollar counts!  Thank you so much for your support!

Maddie Chandler