A 30-year-old single mum from Staplegrove is taking on the challenge of reaching Everest base camp in March to raise money for the MS Society.
Stacey Moore who works full time managing a dental practise in North Petherton was diagnosed with the condition 3 years ago and has already conquered Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons; Ben Nevis & Mount Snowdon.
Tone News was contacted just before Christmas by Kerry – Anne Fowler from Taunton to tell us about her cousin Stacey who was diagnosed with MS 3 years and has taken on the challenge to trek to Everest base camp.
Typically, the trip takes 12 days to complete on a 130km round – trip. It takes eight days to get to base camp and four days to get back down, broken down overall into nine days of long trekking and three short trekking acclimatisation days.
Kerry has written on her Just Giving page:
“If you know me, I have a big love for the mountains, and have only dreamt of Mt Everest every night for about five years. Three years ago, I thought I was going to need a new hobby when I lost the vision in my right eye and most of the feeling in my lower legs down to the diagnosis of RRMS at 27 years old.
I dug deep and thankfully I made a full recovery from the relapse. It ignited a fire in my belly to push myself even further, completing 3 of the highest peaks in the UK, surprising myself and my trusty Labrador Bear when we stood on the top of Ben Nevis, feet in the snow in good time of 3 hrs and 8 minutes it was at that moment I knew I could push higher.
I am going to Everest to fulfil my personal dreams on this jaw dropping mountain, but to also prove you can do anything you want with determination and will power.
I want to be that example that life doesn’t end when you get diagnosed with MS. I lead a very blessed life of being incredibly active, working full time, climbing mountains and most importantly being a mum, all whilst being medication free, reliant on a couple of choice vitamins and fresh air.
Unfortunately, MS does kick my ass some days as an awful reminder, but I take the bad with the good and never give in.
But I hope in my quest for constant adventure I can inspire and reassure MS sufferers that anything is still possible life doesn’t end! and also raise some money for this amazing charity.”
Stacey’s quest to climb the 5380m (17,600 feet) happens in March and she has completely self – funded this trip. Family and friends have helped by buying some of her equipment and if you would like to help in any way, there is plenty of time for you to show your support via her Just Giving page: