Nola’s Story

In November of 2010, at the age of 35, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It had spread to my lymph nodes but thankfully not to the rest of my body. I endured five months of physically and mentally debilitating chemo, a mastectomy, and five weeks of daily radiation. All the while we taught my … Read more…

Guest blog: Breast cancer survivor, Leslie Vanoni, on climbing Mt. Shasta

The sun still shining, the inside of our tent warm and bright, we are told to at least rest even if we can’t fall asleep. Bridget whispers to me “I am nervous”. I whisper back, “Me too”. Earlier she told me she wished people would stop treating us like we were the experts because we have … Read more…

Climb Against the Odds Kicks Off With a Bang

Let the climb begin! Climb Against the Odds has officially started and in just two days our inspiring 2014 team will set off to climb this beauty.   In the meantime, our climbers have been keeping busy undergoing last minute training, bonding with their teammates and exploring the Shasta wilderness. Some team members arrived at … Read more…

Meet the Climber: Jill Zastko

Over the next month we will feature the inspiring members of the 2014 Climb Against the Odds team as part of a series called Meet the Climber. Climb Against the Odds is the Breast Cancer Fund's annual mountaineering expedition for breast cancer prevention. Each year an amazing team of women and men from across the … Read more…

Tessa Montgomery will climb Mt. Shasta for those who can’t (Mt. Shasta Herald, 10/2/2013)

I’m going to push myself to my limits to summit Mt. Shasta, but what I love about this is that I’m doing it in honor of so many people being pushed to their limits on a daily basis….