Mount Kilimanjaro Climb to Benefit Save One Life

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

An intrepid team of eleven supporters of Save One Life, including founder and president Laurie Kelley, summitted Africa's highest mountain - 19,000 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro - on August 10, 2011, and raised more than $66,000 for Save One Life!

Mt Kilimanjaro

How will funds be used?

Funds raised from the climb will used to develop Save One Life's programs in Africa, including:

  • Support our outreach program in Zimbabwe
  • Establish a post-secondary and micro-grant program in Kenya
  • Build the capacity of the Hemophilia Society of Tanzania to prepare them for our sponsorship program
  • Support African projects and operations in the home office

To read more about this amazing journey, you can click on the links below:

Received: $66,500
Goal: $50,000

Goal $50,000
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Meet Mount Kilimanjaro Climbers

Eric Hill
Raised $4,050

Eric Hill president of BioRx, a home healthcare company. A native of High Point, North Carolina, Eric has worked with the bleeding disorders community for more than 15 years.

Eric and his family enjoy the outdoors and hike and backpack in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia whenever they can. This was Eric's fourth and highest mountain climb.

Eric is a member of Save One Life's board of directors and with more than 20 sponsored beneficiaries, a member of Save One Life's Dedication Circle. BioRx is also a corporate donor to Save One Life.

Alex Hill
Raised $7,175

Alex Hill is a 15-year-old sophomore at Central High School in High Point, North Carolina. He loves to play tennis and is active in Boy Scouts, pursuing his Eagle Scout award this year. An avid hiker and backpacker, Kilimanjaro is the highest peak Alex has summitted. Alex enjoyed meeting Save One Life beneficiaries in Kenya and learning more about the realities of people living with bleeding disorders in the developing world.

Laurie Kelley
Raised $20,950

Laurie Kelley is president of LA Kelley Communications and founder/president of Save One Life. She's the mother of a son with hemophilia and author of eleven books on bleeding disorders, including Raising a Child With Hemophilia, A Guide to Living With von Willebrand Disease and Managing Your Child's Inhibitor.

Laurie is the founder and editor of the quarterly hemophilia magazine Parent Empowerment Newsletter. She also founded Project SHARE, a humanitarian program that donates millions of dollars worth of blood-clotting medicine annually to impoverished patients in over 50 developing countries.

As the sponsor of ten beneficiaries Laurie is also a member of Save One Life's Dedication Circle, and LA Kelley Communications is a corporate donor. This was Laurie's fourth trip to East Africa and second mountain climb.

Mary Kelley
Raised $3,961

Mary Kelley is a 17-year-old honors student at Sparhawk High, a private school in Salisbury, Massachusetts. She has always been physically active, and regularly does Tai Chi and runs with the high school running club.

Mary has a brother with hemophilia A, Tommy, age 23. She has traveled the world with her mother, attending camps and doing humanitarian outreach for those with hemophilia.

This was her first mountain climb and first trip to Africa.

Neil Herson
Raised $12,265

Neil Herson is president of ASD Healthcare, one of the largest plasma derivatives distributors in the country and a division of AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group. Neil is originally from South Africa, and enjoys boxing as a hobby. He is also one of Save One Life's biggest sponsors, supporting 51 children and adults in several program countries.

Brittney Herson
Raised $1,363

Brittney Herson is a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. She is in an honors program majoring in communication studies. Brittney is a certified yoga instructor and teaches weekly classes at her university's recreation center.

Brittney enjoys exercising, traveling, baking and spending time with her family. This was her first mountain climb.

Kelly Herson
Raised $1,267

Kelly Herson is a 16-year-old honors student at Yavneh Academy, a small private school in Dallas, Texas. She enjoys journalism, basketball, music and traveling. She has previously climbed to 5,000 meters on Mount Cotopaxi in Ecuador and traveled to South Africa.

Kelly enjoyed learning about the cultures in East Africa during the trip.

Julie Winton
Raised $4,895

Julie Winton is a registered nurse who has been working with the bleeding disorder community for over 18 years. She is employed with BioRx. Her husband Mark and son Cole both have von Willebrand Disease (VWD). She is not particularly a fitness enthusiast at age 51 and is proud to have achieved a 19,000-foot summit!

Jeff Salantai
Raised $5,370

Jeff Salantai is a 31 year old with severe hemophilia. He lives in Austin, Texas where he is employed by BioRx. His activities regularly include swimming, cycling, hiking, and kayaking. He has also successfully reached the summits of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, all of which are over 14,000 ft.

He continued his quest this year to Kilimanjaro along with Save One Life, to raise awareness of hemophilia and the possibilities one can achieve regardless of a bleeding disorder.

Kara Ryan
Raised $3,300

Kara Ryan is a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Notre Dame. A premed student with a minor in Anthropology, she works as a volunteer at the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center ER near campus and tutors high school students in the South Bend community. She also enjoys playing tennis with friends. Kara hopes to attend medical school after obtaining her Masters of Science in Global Health from the Eck Institute at Notre Dame, and to continue her travels in other countries, providing and developing what limited healthcare access is available.

This was her first climb and her first trip to Africa.

Chris Bombardier
Raised $1,460

Chris Bombardier, 25 years old and with severe hemophilia B, is a member of the Save One Life board. He lives in Colorado. He works at the University of Colorado and graduated from Doane College in 2007 where he played baseball. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing and pretty much any outdoor activity. He also volunteers at the hemophilia camp in Colorado during the summers.

He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in April after visiting clinics and patients in Kenya, and graciously agreed to fundraise for Save One Life's African programs.

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