For my birthday, I’m climbing Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia with my friends and patient survivors! And I need your support!
In 2005 when I took over the direction of The Max Foundation, I made one promise: to work as hard as I could and be as smart as I can, for as long as I can be of service to the organization. I thought I was giving all I had and then three years ago I realized there was more I could give: my birthday. Donating my birthday to The Max Foundation was one of the best decisions I have made, turning an otherwise gloomy moment (how old am I now?) into an exciting, hopeful and meaningful event beyond myself.
Now to this year’s birthday campaign, stats, and plans. My age: On July 28th I will turn 59 years old. The plans: to climb Mt Kinabalu in Malaysia on July 22-23 with an awesome group of colleagues, patient survivors and friends. My goal: to raise $25,000 USD on behalf of The Max Foundation. My ask: will you please donate and make my birthday wish come true?
I have never climbed a mountain before so one might ask why. The best answer I can find is in a quote from JFK in his Moon speech: “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…” The truth is that we have been in this life journey together, those we call patients and those we call advocates, for more than a decade; and the reality is that we are one, united by a deep bond of love, and together we will conquer Mt Kinabalu.