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!

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