I have wanted to join the Climb to Fight Cancer for some time now, and I'm so excited to share that this is my year! I am raising funds and climbing Mr. Kilimanjaro in honor of my Ma, Cari Anne Kaplan (pictured above).
In March of 2014, my mom was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme - a deadly type of brain cancer. We had nine months with Ma from her time of diagnosis until she passed. I am the oldest of six children, and our family was shocked and heartbroken. I had just had my second child and my youngest brother was only 12 - we were a family in our prime. Those nine months were simultaneously terrible and beautiful. Terrible because the cancer ravaged her body and mind, causing so much pain and heartache. Beautiful because of the grace and even peace that my Ma brought to this experience - she was so loving during such a difficult time. It is my heartfelt wish that other families will not have to go through a similar cancer journey. I am embarking on this adventure (both the fundraising and the climb) to remember my Ma!
Please join me and donate today. Any amount you can give makes a difference to people and families facing deadly diseases. Your gift is 100% tax deductible and will fund extraordinary research, lifesaving discoveries, and cures. Thank you for your support!
Did you know?
- Fred Hutch has been at the leading edge of cancer research for 45 years - starting with bone marrow transplantation, which can cure some cancers and has helped more than 1 million people. It was pioneered by Dr. E. Donnall Thomas at Fred Hutch. Today, Hutch researchers continue that legacy through groundbreaking work to expand immunotherapy.
- Fred Hutch is a leader in infectious disease research, including breakthrough findings on the herpesvirus and on the pathogens and viruses that cause an estimated 1 in 5 cancers. It is also the home of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.
- Fred Hutch’s work is centered on the people we serve. This includes research to understand cancer’s toll on individuals and communities; improve health equity, especially among black people and people of color; improve prevention; and treat the entire person, not just the disease.
- Fred Hutch researchers and staff are guided by integrity, scientific excellence, and collaboration - a dedication that has earned them the Gold Seal of Transparency on GuideStar, a service that evaluates more than 2 million U.S. nonprofits.