Why I Climb

I climb for Blake Buffa, an amazing girl who was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, on On March 11, 2010. Blake underwent her treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. While in treatment, Blake designed a series of awesome t shirts with the slogan “B Positive,” which is also her blood type. A few weeks ago, I got two t shirts in the mail from the Buffa and Stefanacci families, and they were so cool. As someone who has taught art and worked with kids, I always love to see creativity. I was also lucky enough to get a photo of and an update on Blake—who is doing great! She’s celebrating one year cancer free. I’m happy to hear that Blake is able to get back to doing the things she loves (like soccer), and I can’t wait to climb for her all the way to the top of Africa.