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 teaming up with the nonprofit Climb For Hope to raise money to fund immunotherapy research to fight cancer and MS. Since its inception, Climb For Hope has helped over 100 climbers to summit mountains on 4 continents, all while raising over $800,000.
From May 17-18, our team of 10 will be attempting to hike rim to rim to rim of the Grand Canyon. That’s over 50 miles through this wonder of the world!
The money we raise will go directly to the work of Dr. Leisha Emens and Dr. Peter Calabresi, eminent researchers at Johns Hopkins who are doing some of the world’s most ground-breaking and promising research. You can read more about their work at: climbforhope.org/what-we-do
It’s my hope that together, with my trusted family friends, and colleagues, that we’ll make positive headway in eradicating these diseases.
Please consider donating now by visiting my fundraising page, where you’ll also find a video explaining why this is such an important cause for me: jonascain.com/ClimbForHope
P.S. And remember, contributions are fully tax-deductible!
Jonas Cain is a Facilitator of Fascination & Purveyor of Positivity, helping clients from all across the United States and Canada to experience increased enjoyment and excellence in all areas of life.