Hey everyone! I’m in the running for Gociety’s Most Eligible Explorer of 2015. I know – fun, right? (PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!!?? HERE just scroll down and click on my name )
But it’s also for a noble cause – because I really believe that an active healthy lifestyle is the only way to go. And this sends that message loud and clear.
Most of you know that after I was diagnosed with cancer and – twice – given just weeks to live, an active healthy lifestyle kept me sane and gave me hope. Even in the middle of chemo, I continued to run. It gave me a way to “live” again and gave me hope for the future. To this day, no matter what’s going on with work, physical fitness and outdoor adventure are at the core of who I am and what I do. It keeps me healthy, in shape, out of the house and I can connect with a lot of fun people.
I’ve had a love of the outdoors since I was born! I am the first cancer survivor to summit Mt. Everest, then the Seven Summits. I’ve completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, trekked to the South Pole and have been to countries all around the world. Next on the list? The North Pole.
Some think I’m crazy but, seriously, this outdoor adventure lifestyle keeps me going, and I think it gives others hope that they can get through their storms of uncertainty, too. Whether it’s cancer, loss of a job, relationship woes, financial disaster, thoughts of suicide or – well, name your mountain….
That’s why I helped launch a nonprofit called the CancerClimber Association.
When you’re newly diagnosed and fighting for your life, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But having something to look forward to and someone to talk to can make all the difference in the world – for those facing adversity of any kind.
And that’s why CCA raises funds every year to send one cancer survivor on their dream to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, then go on African safari. My dream is to launch a mobile unit that will take the excitement on site to hospitals across the country.
Most of us aren’t in life or death situations at the moment, but we have been or will be. I’ve learned through trial and error that staying active gives me that something extra you need to get through it all. So I’d be honored to be dubbed the Most Eligible Explorer of 2015. And I hope it inspires and motivates everyone to get out there and enjoy life – whatever they do and wherever they go!