We have confirmation that at least three people have reached the summit and others are close behind.
Leslie Kelly, her daughter Bridget Vanoni and the North Face-sponsored climber, Marlyss Bird, have all reached the summit!
Leslie Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time on her twin daughters’ fourth birthdays. Her girls watched their mother cry as her hair fell out, they saw the fear in her eyes, they saw her deteriorate—both physically and emotionally. In remission, Leslie participated in Climb Against the Odds for the first time in 2012, but didn’t reach the summit because of acute altitude sickness. In 2013 she and her daughter reached the summit and this year they were two of the three first climbers to reach the top.
“My girls ask me all the time if they will get breast cancer. I wish I knew that the answer was no, but I don't. What I do know is that the Breast Cancer Fund is working every day to make sure fewer people ever have to get the terrible diagnosis. And I know I will continue to do what I can to support this work.”
Marlyss Bird is the North Face's sponsored climber. She's an avid hiker and outdoorswoman, but has never summited a mountain. Congratulations, Marlyss!