Spring weather has returned to New England and I had the opportunity to go on my first hike of the season Wednesday, up to the summit house at Skinner Park in Hadley. Was great to get outdoors and see the beautiful view from the top. Hope you’re finding your own opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors!
During the hike I was reminded of my training for the Grand Canyon traverse last May. I hiked up and down Skinner too many times to count to build up the endurance necessary to make the over 50 mile trek. Little did I know it was not nearly enough and the Canyon trek would be the hardest thing I’ve ever done physically, mentally, and emotionally.
When my lungs couldn’t get enough air, when my body was overheating, and when my legs didn’t want to move anymore, I caught a glimpse of the pain my father experienced in his brief battle with cancer. And despite the pain he continued fighting for his life, even when it would have been far easier to give up. Remembering this motivated me to keep going, along with my fellow hikers with Climb For Hope.
Since its inception Climb For Hope has raised nearly $800,000 for a specific cancer and MS treatment known as immunotherapy. Unlike chemotherapy, which acts directly on cancerous tumors, immunotherapy empowers a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer by harnessing and enhancing it’s own natural healing ability—enabling it to recognize, target, and eliminate malignant cells throughout the body.
This year I’m once again partnering with Climb For Hope, this time with a hike to the summit of Mt. Adams, the second highest peak in Washington at over 12,000 feet!
I’m posting this blog today to ask for your support by contributing to this valuable cause. Immunotherapy has already proved to be an effective treatment for patients with various types of cancers, even against types of cancer that have been historically resistant to chemotherapy, making it the most promising new cancer treatment approach since the 1940’s. However, it’s an uphill battle to further the necessary research unless kind people like you step up to show that you care.
Donate now at jonascain.com/blog/ClimbForHope
Or send a check directly to:
Climb For Hope
c/o Andrew Buerger
501 Hawthorne Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21210
Together we can make a positive impact in the loves of others.
Thank You --
P.S. For more information on why this cause matters to me, see my on 3 Ways To Offer Hope.
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