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Summit Hope

February 19, 2011

Climber Marcus Fenton, 2010

Anyone who has ever known someone with cancer knows the value of hope.  And how hope can never be taken away.  It’s very easy for someone on the outside to see a person who is valiantly fighting for their life think:  why are they doing that?  It looks to be a lost cause; they should let nature takes its course.  Easy for them to say, it’s not their life.  Life is precious, we all know that; and when faced with true mortality you fight to stay in this world as long as you can.

Summit of Mt. Hood 2004, honoring Jan Downs

Anyone who has ever known someone who climbs mountains also knows the value of hope.  Any mountaineer will tell you they always “hope” to get to the summit.  That weather, snow conditions, and/or team strength may alter the plans.  Someone on the outside may wonder:  why are they doing that?  Easy for them to say, it’s not their goal.  Overcoming obstacles in nature and achieving “summit success” is truly life affirming.

To those who are fighting the demon cancer:  Never give up hope.  You deserve that in your life as you so valiantly fight against something that is trying to take your life away.  To those who are climbing with the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer:  Never give up hope.  The summit awaits you….and perhaps your efforts will reward someone who is losing hope in their life.  Give it back to them with your fundraising, to help researchers find answers, treatments, and hope.  Something we all need at times.

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