$50,000 for Multiple Sclerosis
Calgary - Roxanne Gural, who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest to base camp is now preparing for her third climb – all in order to raise $50,000 for the MS Society of Canada.The three-year fundraising effort will reach its conclusion on October 26, 2012 when Roxanne expects to climb her third mountain, Machu Picchu in Peru.
In 2009 Roxanne summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the continent of Africa. With a peak of 5895 meters above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the fourth highest of the world’s Seven Summits. For that climb, Roxanne raised over $12,500.
Then in 2010, Roxanne tackled Mount Everest climbing to the 5200-meter base camp and the adjacent summit of Mount Kala Patthar. Tackling the world’s highest mountain was matched by her highest fund raising effort, when she raised over $22,000. In between mountain climbs, Roxanne also raised more than $3500 in the 2-day MS Bike Tour from Olds to Airdrie.
Roxanne is now getting ready to leave for Peru, to take on the final leg of her fundraising goal. Machu Picchu, which stands at 2430 meters, in 1983, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World according to a recent worldwide Internet poll. For this final climb Roxanne hopes to have raised at least $10,000 bringing her total of all funds raised to $50,000 for the MS Society of Canada.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world and Alberta has the highest rate in Canada. An average of three people are diagnosed with MS every day in Canada. Women are three times more likely to have MS compared to men. MS is unpredictable and affects individuals differently. Symptoms include difficulties with vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. The cause is unknown and there is no known cure. However, with ongoing support researchers continue to learn more about this disease bringing them closer to finding answers.
For more information or to sponsor Roxanne please visit www.RoxyEverest.com. Roxanne can be contacted at 403-700-3606 or roxannegural@