6.19.13 … Mount Everest and breast cancer and Parkinson’s …

Evvie Heilbrunn, Mount Everest, bucket list, Scripps Clinic and Research Institute, “Summit 4 Stem Cell”: Overcoming obstacles!

Faced with this barrage of physical obstacles, the 57-year-old Great Falls resident might reasonably be expected to slow down, smell some roses. Instead, Heilbrunn is training to climb Mount Everest, where there are no roses. She’s doing it as part of a campaign to raise money for an innovative new treatment to create stem cells without embryos and use them to replace the faulty cells that cause Parkinson’s.

Before breast cancer, before Parkinson’s, Heilbrunn had a “bucket list,” and Everest was tops on it. “It’s got a mystique to it,” she said the other day. “It’s this magical mystery place that not everybody gets to go to. It was just something I wanted to do.”

Heilbrunn is joining a group of Parkinson’s patients from the Scripps Clinic and Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., who are part of “Summit 4 Stem Cell,” and who are climbing every available hill and mountain over the next five months before heading to Nepal in October. Another group from Scripps climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year, led by nurse practitioner Sherrie Gould. The goal, ultimately, is to raise $5 million to fund the research that could, ultimately, stop the progression of Parkinson’s.

via Evvie Heilbrunn of Great Falls battles her newest obstacle: Mount Everest.

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