I love how PACE draws such caring and devoted people to the family. Nadine is a prime example of someone who loves to run, the outdoors, explore, travel... and does it while giving back to others. Good luck with your fundraising efforts and upcoming travels Nadine!
On November 2 I am travelling to Nepal to trek up to Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar with a group of people called Summits of Hope order to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Summits of Hope is a Vancouver based non profit association that since 1999 has lead expeditions to some of the highest mountains on our planet, while raising funds to support some of the best care and research in the world, at BC Children's Hospital. They have climbed in Alaska, Nepal, Argentina, Russia, Tanzania, Peru and Ecuador and to date, Summits of Hope has raised over 2.5 million dollars for BC Children’s Hospital. All climbers are volunteers and pay our own way so everything raised goes to this cause.
To me this is a special cause. When my niece Olivia was first born the doctors thought that she had a heart condition that could have been life threatening due to a rare heart condition that runs in the family. Se had to get air lifted to BCCH which, of course, is any new mother and fathers’ biggest fear. Luckily, the diagnosis was false and my sister and brother in-law got to bring home a healthy, beautiful baby girl. Many of the children that visit and stay at this facility aren’t as lucky as Olivia and are battling for their life. Needless to say, when I heard about Summits of Hope a year ago I knew this was something I needed to be a part of. Trekking through the Himalaya’s is already the experience of a lifetime, but to be able to combine it with helping make a difference in the lives of sick kids in our province is an incredible feeling and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic and proud to be a part of this! Walking through the hospital and meeting the kids this summer, especially on the oncology floor was an emotional experience and I will be thinking of these kids as well as my 2 nieces as I strive to reach Everest Base Camp in a months time.
The best way to donate if interested is to consider purchasing a prayer flag. It’s been long tradition for climbers to carry these brightly coloured flags on long treks in the mountains and on them are messages of hope. It is believed that every time the wind blows, the hopes and dreams of each flag are lifted from the material, and carried up into the heavens amongst the highest places on earth.We carry flags as well, but the messages on them are your words of inspiration or hope that we bring out at the base of the highest place on earth!
For more information or if you feel like donating to this very special cause please check out my profile page and the summits of hope website!
Thank you all for such a fantastic summer and fall! Running with PACE has increased my love for trail running by 100% and I can’t wait to join up and run with you all again when I’m back :)