Last weekend Annamarie and JP Kealy found themselves on top of the world — literally and figuratively. Just 78 days after receiving a stem cell transplant, JP, who is battling multiple myeloma, and Annamarie joined six other patients and four doctors and climbed Colorado’s Mt. Democrat, elevation 14,176 feet.
The trip was part of the program Moving Mountains for Myeloma, which raises money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. It was a training hike and team-building experience to prepare the team for their ultimate expedition — a trek to Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas at 18,519 feet next March.
The couple has raised more than $33,000 toward their goal of $35,000. To contribute, visit https://endurance.themmrf.org/2018Everest/jpstrong.
In April, JP underwent a stem cell transplant at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. According to Annamarie, he recovered so well he was discharged after 13 days, when they originally anticipated a three-week hospital stay. He felt well enough to return to work after a month of home recovery.
“We started training immediately (he walked the halls two to three miles a day in the hospital) to prepare for our training trip to Colorado,” Annamarie told The Bulletin. “We hiked Bradley Park four to five miles a day right at the end of our street!
“To be surrounded by other doctors and patients was inspiring and such a positive experience. We cannot wait to go to Nepal!” she said.