Monday, February 22, 2010

California x 2 = Kilimanjaro

On Friday I had the opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the Path to a Cure Climb by attending the Actelion Unity Walk in San Francisco.

As the climbers are on Mt. Kilimanjaro, the pace is picking up...both at home and in Tanzania.

Before the walk, Actelion's CEO, Shal Jacobovitz, spoke about Actelion's commitment to patients and their understanding of what the climbers are doing.  I had a chance to thank the Actelion employees for their support and the company for providing a matching fund at a critical time in our organizing process.  Betty Lou Wojciechowski spoke about the importance of Actelion's support of the Climb to patients and families.

Then, over 100 employees poured out of Actelion's headquarters and began a 1.93 mile walk (scaled to the 19,333 ft. of Kilimanjaro), raising over $2,500! Check the slide show.

But, it didn't end there.  Betty Lou rushed back to Southern California for a Unity Walk organized by two support groups - mostly patients.  They walked 1,933 feet and raised $1,933. 
...and here's another slide show.

The climbers climb and the beat goes on!

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