Earlier this summer, I received an email from a young lady who was embarking on an adventure that looked really interesting. I meant to take a much closer look sooner but the email came in while I was away and then managed to get lost in my inbox. Today I decided to seek it out again and see what she was up to.
The young lady’s name is Haley Maurice. She is now 15 and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 7. Her plan for this summer was adventurous for any teen but even more exceptional when you remember that she is living with type 1 diabetes.
“On July 16th, my brother Ethan and I will be backpacking 221 miles from Yosemite National Park to the top of the highest peak in the continental United States, Mt. Whitney, to raise funds for JDRF.
We’ll be trekking in this high alpine terrain for an estimated three weeks, conquering over 46,000 ft of elevation gain and venturing deep into the back country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’ll be just us out there, with only two resupply points along the way to pick up more diabetic supplies and food to fuel us for the entire duration of the hike. We’ve been vigorously training and setting up our fundraiser for the past three months and are aspiring to reach our fundraising goal of $1000 per mile ($221,000) for JDRF.”
A few days ago, I hiked a 1.7km trail that has a 500 ft decent. That was enough of a challenge for me. I can’t begin to imagine 221 miles and 46,000 feet with blood glucose testing, site changes, insulin adjustments, treating lows, and carrying food and shelter. I further was not sure how I would feel if it was my child with diabetes doing this.
Silly, of course I know how I would feel. I would be nervous and proud. I would be terrified of all that could go wrong but would trust in the other sibling to help out in emergencies. I would be proud that my child would take on such an amazing adventure for a good cause. I am guessing that Haley and Ethan’s parents probably felt much the same way.
In looking at the Summit Diabetes website and exploring some of their social media posts, I see that the two siblings were for the most part successful in their journey. Yesterday they noted…
“We made it!!! 221 miles of hiking from Yosemite to Mount Whitney!
Unfortunately, we didn’t make the top of Whitney as a freak snowstorm nearly froze us to death this morning just a quarter mile from the top.”
What an amazing feat! I am so impressed by these young people. I am impressed by their courage, dedication and stamina. When Haley contacted me, she was asking for only one thing, for me to share her story and that is what I hope to do here. Please look at their video, check out their website and the amazing pictures of their adventure. If you can, also contribute to their goal of raising $1000 for every one mile that they hiked this summer.
Congratulations Haley and Ethan!