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Bridget Vanoni's Climb Against the Odds

Everyday, I’m constantly thinking about cancer:  ending up with cancer, having my friends end up with cancer, or even having my children (who aren’t born yet) end up with cancer. Some people are afraid of spiders or tigers, I am most afraid of cancer because it can happen to anyone.  Nobody knows how to stop cancer before it starts - or how to treat it, for good, once it does.  
 
When I was four, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I was too young to know what was really going on.  I understood ONLY that things weren’t going well.   She kept looking sicker and sicker;  she had lost all of her hair.   But after a year of treatment, she was in complete remission. 
 
Nine years later - on Valentines Day - she went in for a regular check up.  She was told not only that she was no longer in remission, but that the cancer had spread to her bones and lung.  When she told me, I knew something was really wrong...but I didn’t want to believe that our family was going through this - again.   Her second diagnosis with cancer terrified me more than the first.  I understood the situation a lot better.   I understood she could die.   The thought of losing my Mom motivated me to climb Mt. Shasta with her last year and again this year. 
 
Cancer does suck... It doesn't choose winners or losers, and it doesn't matter if you’re rich or poor, young or old.   I need your help to raise money to help prevent breast cancer so my family, my friends, myself or anybody will never have to suffer from Breast cancer...never...it sucks!!


I have set a goal to raise $10,000 and I need your help to raise money to support the Breast Cancer Fund and my climb with my MOM.

Please feel free to share this with anyone who may wish to support my climb and the mission of the Breast Cancer Fund. With a donation of $100 or more, I will carry a personalized prayer flag with me to fly on the top of Mt. Shasta in honor, or in memory of a loved one. In the Tibetan tradition, prayer flags fly from housetops, trees and in mountain passes, wherever the wind can catch and carry their message of hope throughout the world.