Some of you know that this May, I will climb Mt. Everest to raise money for cancer prevention and research. The far reaching news is that you can be a part of this journey. The fact is anyone can. Climbing this Mountain of Support takes courage but not as much courage as those who face cancer have. So, this climb, and journey is so much a part of my Perfect Day plan.

And actually, it doesn’t matter who finds the cure for cancer, creates the greatest opportunity for prevention, or is the leader in cancer recovery. What matters is that all of us are working together as a team toward one goal: to stop and prevent this horrendous disease. Let’s help in any way we can!

Your contribution to Everyday Everest plays an important role in continuing cancer research, education, and awareness. While I’m partnering with the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), I’m also heading up a campaign that is committed to funding a new mobile health unit for MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

This unit will provide increased access to treatment throughout the state of South Carolina (SC) through outreach, education, and screenings. Ultimately my goal is to reduce cancer’s burden through the highest quality patient care, research, professional education, and cancer control programs.

So, what can you do? Are you ready to join the challenge—to give, to encourage others who are battling cancer, and really to train and then climb with me as I take on Mt. Everest this May? Then follow my journey on Facebook #EverydayEverestorg and also donate to this mission, goal, and passion.

Everest Mountaineer George Mallory wrote, “What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.”

Happiness fades but joy remains. It’s eternal. Let’s open the doors—wide—and give so cancer patients now and in the future will have the opportunity to find joy in every moment!