Growing up in Bangalore, India, I was exposed to the harsh realities of both poverty and disease. I vividly recall many instances where I have vowed to do all I can to make a difference in this world and consequently, my experiences have included volunteer work at my high school and at Centre College. Each experience has brought me a unique sense of self-satisfaction. Upon graduating from Centre, I have been looking for an opportunity that will provide me with the same feeling of achievement and also take me out of my own comfort zone. And so, the Climb for Hope expedition to Mt. Cotopaxi in Ecuador will satisfy my desire to make a difference in the world today.
The Climb for Hope organization is dedicated to raising money for breast cancer research that is performed by Dr. Leisha Emens at The Johns Hopkins University. Guided by Earth Treks Climbing, I will attempt to summit Mt. Cotopaxi, a 19,388 ft. active volcano located about 50 miles south of Quito, Ecuador. I chose mountain climbing because of my passion for adventure and also because I will, although briefly, feel the physical pain of this endeavor to better understand the suffering that thousands of women endure through their treatment. I have been very fortunate to have not had any relatives affected by breast cancer. However, I am committed to the goal of finding a cure so that my relatives and friends will not have to suffer from the disease. Any donations towards my endeavor will help us make positive changes and progress in the efforts to overcome breast cancer. Thank you all for your love and support!