Eleven months ago JP Kealy was at a low point, undergoing a stem cell transplant procedure for the multiple myeloma he was diagnosed with in 2014. Less than a year later he was on top of the world, literally, as he and his wife, Annamarie, ascended to Mount Everest Base Camp in the Himalayan Mountains.
The couple made the trek from the Nepalese town of Lukla, elevation 9,325 feet, to base camp at 18,300 feet as part of a team from the Multiple Myeloma Foundation’s Moving Mountains for Myeloma fund-raising campaign. Carrying daypacks, they set out on March 6 and completed 75 miles nine days later. The team of seven patients, three doctors and caregivers raised more than $400,000 — more than any other team — for the foundation, which will be put toward research for a cure for the cancer that is caused by malignant plasma cells.