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Make Kilimanjaro the most amazing experience of your life…

Publish Date: 22/7/2016

If you have been searching for the adventure of a lifetime, then preparation for your spectacular journey up Mt Kilimanjaro begins here…

We invite you to join us on May 31, 2017, for an incredible 12-day Tanzanian adventure to the summit of the world’s highest freestanding mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Trekking from cultivated farmlands to lush rainforest, through alpine meadows and across the barren lunar-like landscape to the summit, you’ll witness the incredible sight of the sun rising over the East African plains below.

Without doubt, you will be pushed to your limit as you near the summit but, equally important, every step you take will be providing Australian families with emotional and practical support and funding blood cancer research.

For Sue Irvine and her son Tristan, their journey to climb Mt Kilimanjaro was all to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation, and they raised $17,000.

“Next to getting married and having kids, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for the Leukaemia Foundation was the most amazing experience of my life,” said Sue “While getting to the top was a relief, it was also overwhelming, exhausting and exhilarating… all rolled into one.”

Sue says that during the three years and three months of Tristan treatment for ALL, what kept coming to her and husband Paul’s mind’s was, “How do people manage who are not as lucky as we are to be able to take time off to care for their loved one?”

“We came to realise that the most valuable thing about the Leukaemia Foundation is their support for people and their families during the treatment phase,” said Sue. “While we didn’t need to utilise the services ourselves, we wanted to support and raise money and awareness for the work that the Leukaemia Foundation does for so many other families.”

Recalling the first email promoting the Mt Kilimanjaro climb to raise money for the Foundation, Sue says she glanced at it, fleetingly, and wondered, “What if?”

“In December I received an email from the Leukaemia Foundation and again wondered, ‘what if?’ and in January 2014, after Tristan went through another round of treatment I thought, ‘I’m not going to die wondering’,” said Sue. “I told my family that I was doing Kilimanjaro, signed up and paid the deposit before I could change my mind.”

Sue recalls joking to Tristan that reaching the summit would be hard and problematic, but should she get to the top, she wondered how she would get down.

“Tristan quipped that it would be someone else’s problem, but this really motivated him to make it his problem,” said Sue. “After clearing his idea to travel with his haematologist, Tristan also signed up and paid before he could change his mind!”

Tristan says it was incredibly inspirational to take the journey up Mt Kilimanjaro with a group of people all raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“Raising $17,000 to support the work of the Leukaemia Foundation felt amazing,” said Tristan. “We did it to raise awareness and to help regional families who don’t have access vital and highly valuable blood cancer support like we did.”

Like it was just yesterday, Sue can easily recall the sheer mental strength she needed to get herself there, when physically, she had nothing left.

“Reaching the summit was such an achievement!” said Sue. “There is a photo of me looking at Tristan and I was in tears - I couldn’t believe that I had made it to the top! I still have to look at those photos to believe that I made it up Mt Kilimanjaro.”

Collectively, Sue and Tristan’s Mt Kilimanjaro group raised nearly $80,000 for the work of the Leukaemia Foundation, ensuring Australian families free access to practical and emotional support.

Now’s your chance to sign up for the Leukaemia Foundation Kilimanjaro Challenge 2017. Begin your own incredible journey to the summit to support families like the Irvine’s and other Australian families whose lives are shattered by a blood cancer diagnosis.

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