Remembering Mom with a climb to the top of the world (Contra Costa Times, 5/7/10)

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On June 16, Whitney Pond of Danville, Calif., will join a team of 26 women and men in a expedition to the summit of Mt. Shasta with the Breast Cancer Fund's 2010 Climb Against the Odds. The 16 year old will make this journey of a lifetime to honor her mother, who passed away five years ago to breast cancer.

Whitney Pond, 16, remembers her mother, Jerilyn, as a happy person. Outgoing. Creative. Fun to be around. Full of life.

"Jeri" Pond also loved biking and the outdoors, particularly spending time at the family's house at Stinson Beach.

So, it seems fitting that a group of family and friends honor her annually by hiking Mount Tamalpais in Marin for the Breast Cancer Fund under the team name "Jeri's Beach Club" following her death from the disease.

But this year, Whitney Pond will take the honor to a new level when she scales Mount Shasta, the second highest peak in the Cascades at 14,179 feet. (Read complete article.)

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