I’m a proud momma. Last Saturday and Sunday my daughter, Jenna, joined two of her friends and former Dartmouth field hockey teammates in a new Prouty Challenge Event, Reach-for-the-Peaks Climb to Conquer Breast Cancer.
Jenna, Meagan Vakiener and Kelly Hood joined a group of 22 other hikers for an overnight at Mount Moosilauke’s Ravine Lodge on Saturday where they enjoyed dinner and a presentation by Dr. Jim DiRenzo, the director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s comprehensive breast cancer research program. DiRenzo talked about the latest developments in breast cancer research, and the things he and his team are working on to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer among survivors.
On Sunday, the group made the 7.2 mile ascent of Mt. Moosilauke (4,802 ft.) accompanied by Dave Mengle, manager of L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School in West Lebanon.
Jenna, Meg and Kelly made the climb in memory of our friend and Dartmouth field hockey parent, Mary Meyer, who fought a valiant nine-year battle against breast cancer. Mary passed away on Sept. 9, 2013.
The Reach for the Peaks challenge required a minimum donation of $200 per climber and is the latest fundraising and awareness effort staged by the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, which also helps facilitate the popular Prouty and Prouty Ultimate bicycle rides, plus several smaller events annually that benefit the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center-based cancer research and treatment facility. Athletic events like the Prouty bring people together to take action in the fight against cancer.
Thanks to the generosity of family and friends, Jenna raised $420 and Meagan raised $850 for the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Donations are still being accepted. If you’d like to help challenge breast cancer, please consider a donation to the Friends of NCCC — visit Jenna’s personal page.