What inspired you to climb Mt. Shasta for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital?
My husband. He is an avid rock climber and mountaineer. It is his passion and has become something we can share. He was training for a major summit around the time we first met and I really admired his passion and perseverance. He suggested the climb, and we have been long time supporters of St Jude's, so it just seemed to fit.
Talk about the role of climbing in your life – why is this a way you wanted to give back?
I am addicted to the "high" of accomplishing a major physical challenge and a high alpine climb was a first for me. I thought it would be just a check mark on the old bucket list, but I have been blessed with a high tolerance for pain and a short memory, so I'm sure I'll be out there again soon enough!
Were you able to raise the support you were hoping to raise? Talk about that process.
This was my first time raising money in support of a physical goal. I wasn't sure what to expect. The St. Jude's organization actually makes the entire process very easy for you; they offer support and reminders as you work towards your fundraising goal. I only had a month to raise money before the climb and as a first timer I set a rather modest goal, but was able to double it with ease. Next time I will aim higher and really challenge myself to make a difference.
What do you believe about Kalypso’s view of service? How did Kalypso support you in your desire to give back?
I was actually part of the team at Kalypso that developed our Kalypso Kares program. As a virtual firm we wanted to provide another avenue for colleagues to socialize and network while contributing to community. We even contribute one paid day a year for employees to dedicate toward a service effort of their choosing. The support from my Kalypso family for this effort extended far beyond my expectations. It wasn't just the financial contributions from individual colleagues - I received text messages the morning of the climb, congratulatory emails, and even a recovery condo on loan from a colleague who lives in the area. So it seems the name still fits ... Kalypso Kares.