Kilimanjaro Blogs

RYAN COHLHEPP
RYAN COHLHEPP
Thursday, June 30
During my experience at Takeda, I have had the privilege of spending time with a host of multiple myeloma patients and listening to their inspirational stories of courage and perseverance. This is something about my job that never gets old and always seems to renew in me a new level of enthusiasm for the work I do and the commitment our entire company embraces towards patients and developing transformative medicines that make a difference in their lives. READ MORE >>
Stan Wagner
Stan Wagner
Monday, June 27
It's been about six months since we’ve climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to bring awareness and donations to find a cure to multiple myeloma. READ MORE >>
Julie Ryan
Julie Ryan
Thursday, June 16
My sister, Jana, and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in January to raise funds and awareness for critical multiple myeloma research. READ MORE >>
JEFF GOAD
JEFF GOAD
Thursday, February 04
A little over five years ago in 2010, a week before my 50th birthday, I was given a gift that nobody ever asks for — the gift of a cancer diagnosis. It was a shocking event for me and my wife, Ramona, to grasp. We began the journey by educating ourselves and then fully committing to the course of treatment established by the fabulous team at the Lurie Cancer Center, headed by Dr. Seema Singhal... READ MORE >>
Ramona Biliunas
Ramona Biliunas
Wednesday, February 03
“I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure what's deep inside…” Toto “Africa” 1982
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Bob Dickey
Bob Dickey
Tuesday, February 02
I have always wanted to climb Kili. I climbed Mt. Whitney one year after my stem cell transplant as a fundraiser for MMRF. Since then, I have looked for my next major mountain. Kili was always on that list. I also have a real affinity for North Africa. I was there in the ’90s several times as part of my job. Since then, I have always had a special feeling for that part of the world. I almost see this trip as destiny for me. It was meant to happen... READ MORE >>
MARK HARDER
MARK HARDER
Monday, February 01
Our original name was “Team Living Proof” (... that people with cancer are surviving and living full, rich lives). It turns out that is a very popular phrase and we needed to come up with something different... READ MORE >>
JANA CANNON
JANA CANNON
Friday, January 22
So, I was scheduled to write this blog yesterday, but I am a day late. Why? Because yesterday Kilimanjaro was killing me. Let me fill you in:... READ MORE >>
RYAN COHLHEPP
RYAN COHLHEPP
Monday, January 18
Today was our first day on the mountain and we are about to sit down for our first dinner as I write this. READ MORE >>
JAMIE SLATER
JAMIE SLATER
Sunday, January 17
When you have big dreams, it always comes as a bit of a shock when they actually come true. Here we are, all fifteen of us in East Africa together, making our final preparations, taking our final showers, and getting a good night's sleep before we start the big journey tomorrow... READ MORE >>
Colleen Smithson
Colleen Smithson
Friday, January 15
At the beginning of 2015, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution would be to travel as much as possible in 2015. After my mom lost her two year battle with Multiple Myeloma in October 2014, I was reminded of how short life can be and I wanted to live my life to the fullest. I spent 2015 in San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA, Gatlinburg, TN, Mequon, WI, Nashville, TN, Kansas City, MO, Sussex, NJ and Dallas, TX... READ MORE >>
Chuck Wakefield
Chuck Wakefield
Tuesday, December 29
I’m a busy dentist in early December 2003, working over 60 hours per week seeing many patients as well as directing a graduate residency at a busy dental school in a major medical center. I also am very active in athletics, running, cycling, etc, and often am up before 4:00 AM to get in workouts. I travel often to speak to dental meetings, am married to a full time teacher and have three children who are in school becoming a physician/surgeon, a dentist and an attorney... READ MORE >>
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