KOTA KINABALU: Eight women from England, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and the United States, are climbing mountain peaks in different hemispheres in August 2015 to raise awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disease of childhood, for California based charity Coalition Duchenne.
Inspired by “Expedition Mt. Kinabalu,” an annual event in Malaysian Borneo spearheaded by Coalition Duchenne founder and executive director Catherine Jayasuriya, an eclectic group of women are climbing Switzerland’s most famous skyline, comprising the Eige (13,020 ft/3,970 m), the Mönch (13,474 ft/4,107 m), and the Jungfrau (13,642 ft/4,158 m).
In the “3 Peaks Challenge” led by Switzerland-based Englishwoman Lisa Hutchins, the self described “ordinary women” are set to do the extraordinary in memory of Lisa’s late husband, internationally renowned wingsuit pilot Dan Vicary who died tragically in 2014.
Catherine grew up in Borneo and always dreamed of taking her children to the summit of the granite monolith. Her son Dusty Brandom would never make the climb and at 22 is in a wheelchair and severely impacted by the muscle wasting disease.
“Their bodies fail them but their mind and dreams are strong,” said Catherine. “Dusty is my daily inspiration and inspires everyone he knows by the way he overcomes personal adversity with a smile on his face.”- Sayangsabah