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Amount Raised
42 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $50,000.00
Achieved: $20,754.24
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Me and one of my best training tools (Ivan the puppy) on Tiger Mountain feeling strong! January 1, 2020

Super excited to have an official reschedule date for Fred Hutch’s Climb to Fight Cancer - post-pandemic EBC edition!

Since the 1960s, more than a million lives have been touched by Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation. Since that time, scientists have refined the procedure, making it safer and more widely available for leukemia patients. And, now, dozens of other diseases are treated with bone marrow transplantation.

My colleagues at Fred Hutch come to work each day with the same aim as our predecessors. We want to find new cures. We want to find more effective treatment. We want every patient across the globe to benefit from discovery.

My lab aims to more effectively treat and improve the lives of people with cancer, HIV, and other diseases through the next generation of transplantation and cellular therapy: gene therapy.

Gene therapy has proved to be an effective treatment for cancers such as glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer, but it is complex, expensive, and not widely available. It requires weeks of treatment and months of in-person follow up. Gene therapy has also transformed the way we could treat HIV. The majority of the 36 million people living with HIV reside in sub-Saharan Africa, on a continent without the infrastructure to provide gene therapy. This year, 200,000 people will be diagnosed with a glioblastoma, 1.7 million people will contract HIV, and millions more will receive other diagnoses that could benefit from gene therapy. Right now, there are more than 60 million people on the planet diagnosed with a disease for which gene therapy could make a difference. 

What if we could simplify treatment and bring it to our patients?

My ultimate goal is to develop gene therapy as a safe, cost-effective treatment that can reach and treat patients worldwide. All of us at Fred Hutch are determined to fight cancer and find cures. I’m climbing Everest Base Camp in March 2020 to raise vital funds and propel cures, and I’m thrilled to partner with other biotech leaders who believe in our work. Please click the “Donate” button and give to the Climb to Fight Cancer. Any amount you can give makes a difference to people and families facing deadly diseases. Your gift is 100 percent tax deductible and will fund extraordinary research, lifesaving discoveries, and cures. Thank you for your support.

My Climb Journal


February Update
One awesome evening with the Enstrom's and their amazingly interested guests, a bake sale, a typhoid immunization and Hepatitis A booster, pre-travel medical review and several new gear acquisitions later and look how much closer to $50K and Base Camp we have come!
I am constantly humbled and amazed by all of your support. Especially....Tom Brady and Jim Harbaugh?!?! LOL - I think some of my closer friends may be testing me.
I promise to carry this good will through this last month of training and preparations, and will let it lift me when the climbing gets tough.
Departing for Nepal in t-minus 28 days!

by Jennifer Adair on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 @ 2:55 PM

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January Update
So far so good!
My training goal is two, consecutive days of hiking with 3,000+ feet of elevation gain each day, using my altitude mask at 70% normal oxygen conditions.
On January 1st I successfully completed two, consecutive days of hiking 2,200+ feet of elevation gain at 75% normal oxygen.
I will have the benefit of trekking poles and no energetic puppy on a leash pulling every which way during my EBC trek, so I feel like I am ahead of the game (see photo above).
Also found my comfy warm pullover for those rest periods at frigid temps - a fur-lined Marmot hoodie that has me toasting outside at 32 degrees and snow.
Still working on the right under layers...more to follow!

by Jennifer Adair on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 7:31 PM

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Training Update December
Received my low oxygen training mask last month ( THANK YOU Kili climber Kristin Anderson!), and have tried it out - definitely a NEW experience.
First try: Carkeek Park Northern Bluff Trail, Seattle. Freaked out and took it off. Noticed some people gave me a wide birth when I was wearing it. One dog I passed definitely did not like my appearance.
Second try: Interurban Trail, Seattle. Slowed down, stopped, tried pranayama (yoga) breathing. Was disappointed with pace of trail progress. No awkward social interactions.
Third try: Howe Street stairs, Seattle. Did 3 sets of stairs without it, then put it on and tried one set. Didn't freak out. Made it to the top in about triple the time it took without it. Took it off for two more sets. Going to see if I can improve my time with it next month after a few more masked hikes. Met another climber in a mask! I like competition.

by Jennifer Adair on Fri, Dec 13, 2019 @ 1:49 PM

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