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“Fire and Ice Trek” raising funds for a type of cancer with no cure

Brother and Sister, John Klatt and Mary Schlabach, are taking their cancer fight to an adventurous level to raise money for Multiple Myeloma Research: a cancer leading to bone issues.


The trek is referred to as “Fire and Ice” because on a single day, participants hike across lava fields and volcanoes, and then alongside stunning glaciers. The hikers must be prepared for 7-8 hours of rigorous daily hiking, ending their long-day-destination in the mountain huts situated in incredible settings. There will be an assortment of geologic marvels, including volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, gorges, lava beds, waterfalls, and, of course, mountains.

For the Iceland Trek event, Mary will hike not only in honor of, but together with her brother.

“When my brother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma three years ago, I was stunned to learn there was currently no cure for this terrible disease and felt helpless as I watched him fight the biggest battle of his life.”

John, currently in remission, adds “I look forward to meeting and sharing an experience with people like me who want to affirm that cancer is not something to be afraid of. In fact, I am not afraid of cancer, rather cancer is afraid of me.”

To learn more, and/or support John and Mary, please click here.

We thank LeeAnn Babirad for guest blogging for this cause close to her. Hope Rises is honored to feature many stories of hope and love – find more by clicking HERE.

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