Last summer I was fighting to get to the top of my first 7000m, Khan Tengri, The Lord of the Sky. Meanwhile my friend Gerard was fighting to defeat cerebral cancer. I could not get any higher than 5500m since the mountain refused to let us climb. And my friend could not get any further than two weeks after he was diagnosed, since the illness was not treated at the right time. My uncle Verna, his brother Goyo and my godmother Julia were all at the same time fighting cancer, and today we can happily say they made it to the summit of what it is the highest mountain one can climb. My neighbor Juan is a warrior, someone like Reinhold Messner (the greatest climber in history). He is the person I know who has climbed more 8000. Not those in the Himalayas, but the ones that are higher and must be climbed from the bed of a hospital room. He’s got frostbite several times, and he complains because he does not like the scars. But I think they are pretty cool considering the sort of battles he won. He is still descending from his last 8000, but we all know he’ll remain strong and will make it save back to Base Camp.
For all my family, my friend Gerard and Juan, I want to climb the highest mountain in the Himalayas and raising funds towards investigation cures for Cancer, and defeating the highest mountain not from the hospital room but from the lab in the research room.
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