Between a team of nine climbers, three guides, two support personnel, and countless donors, we not only traversed the Grand Canyon but we also raised over $30,000 for immunotherapy research! These funds will be used to support the immunotherapy research being conducted by Dr. Peter Calabresi and Dr. Leisha Emens at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Their vaccines help cancer and MS patients by reprogramming their immune cells to recognize and destroy malignant cells, and this grassroots approach spearheaded by Climb For Hope is invaluable to this important research.
I underestimated how difficult the hike would be, but I also underestimated how beautiful the Canyon would be. Pictures don't do it justice. There were moments when I wanted nothing more than for it to be over, but then I'd look at where I was and I remembered why I had undertaken the challenge. It was an incredibly emotional experience for all of us.
I still haven't reached my financial goal, so if you know of anyone who might like to support the cause please continue to spread the word. This cause is so important, and the experience so profound, that I've already decided that I'll be making this an annual appeal, wherever Climb For Hope may challenge us next. And as difficult as it was, I encourage you to consider joining the team on an upcoming climb. You'll be glad you did!
Below you'll find a gallery of photos from the journey. Enjoy!
I'm a mirror (and so are you).