Cancer patients often compare their experience to "climbing a mountain." Cancer patient Harriet Farb of Raleigh actually did it! In January 2008, Breast Cancer Survivor Harriet Farb climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for UNC Lineberger patient support services. Harriet made it to 17,000 feet – unfortunately, 70 mph winds prevented her and others in her party from reaching the summit.
"I have been blessed," Harriet explained, "and now is my chance to pay back for all the love and support I have received as a cancer patient. I see patients in the clinics who have driven hours to get here, so gas cards and meal and parking vouchers are a huge help to them."
Through her climb, she raised $15,000 for the UNC Patient and Family Resource Center. Her determination, courage, and compassion has also inspired all other cancer patients to reach higher, push forward, and to live fully each and every day.
Harriet died of her illness in October 2010.