Friday, October 2, 2015

My Journey

My name is Terry Robertson. In 2000, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Synovial Sarcoma of the Neck. The Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute gave me a 30% chance to live five years. At the age of 29, with my mother by my side, I was told to get my affairs in order.

Fifteen years later, I am still here and know what a gift it is to be able to tell this story.

As bad as my prognosis was, I truly believe that anyone who has ever had a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's would give anything to hear a doctor tell them that their loved one has a 30% chance to be with them fifteen years later. I have had family members die from Alzheimer's. I have friends whose loved ones are currently battling this disease. As a funeral director, I have served many families whose loved ones have died from this disease.

This is very personal to me.

On December 28, 2015, I will be traveling to Argentina to climb a mountain called Aconcagua. At 22,841 feet, Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the world outside of the Himalaya. Aside from its altitude, it also has the reputation of offering a very cold summit day with wind chills reaching 80 degrees below zero.

Over the last two years, I have trained hard and have climbed and summited Mt. Rainier twice. I will be on the mountain for two weeks, acclimatizing in preparation to summit. My goal is to raise $22,841 ($1 per foot) for Alzheimer's. I need your support!

Click here to learn how you can help climb the mountain to find a cure for Alzheimer's!

Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service is a Summit Supporter

 
Elaina Malone & Gary Wilking
Saturday, September 26th started out wet and dreary, but the weather didn't dampen the spirit of the Robertson Climbers as they prepared to participate in the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's held at Symphony Park in Charlotte, NC.

Determined to help end Alzheimer's, the team of Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service, along with their family and friends, put on their raincoats and hats and trudged out into the misty early morning.

The team helped to raise $345 toward finding a cure.

GO ROBERTSON CLIMBERS!