Showing posts from July, 2011

Honeymoon on Kilimanjaro

Most couples plan their honeymoon to go on cruises, Hawaii, traveling through Europe. Not many use their honeymoon to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and raise money for Climb for Cancer Foundation. Jamie Berk and Lori Parent plan to get married in three months and will spend their honeymoon in Tanzania.

The trip wasn't intended to be their honeymoon, at least not at first. The trip is a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise money for cancer patients.

Berk lost his mother's sister to cancer, and one of his colleagues at The Orthopaedic Institute's Alachua office is battling the disease. This trip is a way for him honor their memory.

The trip is being organized through Climb for Cancer Foundation, a group that organizes climbs, funded by participants and focuses on meeting the needs of patients and their families.

The couple has committed to raising $20,000 together. Parent estimated they have about $5,000 to go, although they would love to reach $50,000.

According to Parent t…

Lost Japanese Climber in Himalayans Survives for 12 Days

Recently, Makiko Iwafuchi, a 49-year-old Japanese woman, went missing for 12 days in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. After she was found she explained how she survived by eating bamboo shoots and drinking water.

Makiko left her hotel on May 25 to trek to a nearby lake in Gosaikunda, a religious site for Hindus located at an altitude of 4380 meters. Unfortunately, she lost her way in a forest and was only saved when a group found her by accident.

"The trail seemed pretty clear and I thought I would not get lost. I was confused and took the wrong trail," Makiko told reporters in Kathmandu. Makiko is an experienced trekker and hiker.

For two days she didn't move and stayed in a small cave. To keep herself fed, Makiko ate leaves, bamboo shoots and kept herself hydrated by consistently drinking water.

Makiko formerly traded jewelry but is now a full-time traveler. Upon her rescue she appeared exhausted and had minor injuries to her feet, but otherwise suffered no seri…

737 Challenge

Over 200 days ago climber Richard Parks began his attempt at the 737 Challenge to raise one million euro in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care. The challenge includes becoming the first person to summit all three poles and the Seven Summits in seven months.

The three poles include the geographical North Pole, the South Pole and the highest summit on earth, Mount Everest. The Seven Summits include: Mount Elbrus, Mount Everest, Mount Aconcagua, Mount McKinley, Mount Puncak Jaya, Vinson Massif and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Today, Parks only has one mountain left to complete his challenge: Mount Elbrus. This week he arrived home from Alaska and Mount McKinley and will leave soon for Russia and Mount Elbrus.

The Marie Curie Cancer Care organization was established in 1948. Now, more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals help provide care for terminally ill patients in the European community and hospices, while supporting the families of patients. The organization current…

Thank you Connie

Irion Books recently learned that Connie Gregory, a regular book reviewer of the Summit Murder Mystery Series, lost her battle with cancer.According to Connie, who hosted a review Blog, "I adore reading good mysteries and novels and now I am writing my opinions and feelings about them. Two things I love to do read and write!"Her husband sent us an email to notify us and wrote that Connie loved the Series.Our thoughts are with her family.We will miss you Connie.Thank you for everything.