Mount Everest the destination for Mississauga couple and their fight against cancer


Published August 1, 2023 at 12:05 pm

Base camp at Mount Everest, where countless climbers gather every year prior to their attempts to scale the world's tallest mountain. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

An adventurous Mississauga couple is heading to one of the harshest environments on the planet for a good cause.

Suneet and Gaurav Gill will travel to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal in September to raise money for leukemia research. The trip is being made under the online banner Scaling Heights for Leukemia.

While the summit of Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth at 29,031 feet, the iconic mountain’s base camp is no easy feat to reach, either.

It sits at an altitude of 17,598 feet above sea level, a height to which the human body takes time to adapt, or acclimatize.

By comparison, the highest point in Canada is the summit of the Yukon’s Mount Logan, at 19,551 feet.

So, it’s not a simple task to make a successful trek to Everest Base Camp, say the couple, who’ve been doing some of their training at Meadowvale Conservation Area near their home in the city’s north end.

But it’s an effort well worth it, Suneet and Gaurav add, noting they’re happy to support “the vital work of the Canadian Cancer Society.”

“We firmly believe in the power of collective action and the difference it can make in combatting leukemia. By venturing to the Everest Base Camp, we hope to channel the spirit of determination and resilience that defines the fight against cancer,” the couple said. “We invite local businesses, community leaders and adventure enthusiasts to join forces with us, supporting this crucial cause and leaving a lasting impact on the lives of leukemia patients and their loved ones.”

Suneet and Gaurav Gill, of Mississauga. (Photo: Instagram channel)

The Gills, who say they’ve always shared a love of exploration and a commitment to making a positive impact, note that their ambitious journey to the other side of the world to fight cancer also stems from a personal connection.

Having witnessed the impact of the disease on individuals and families firsthand, they say they’re determined to make a difference by raising both donations and awareness for the cause in hopes of creating some positive outcomes for patients.

In addition, beyond contributing to causes they believe are important, the couple say they also relish the opportunity to challenge their own limits and inspire others to embrace adventure as well.

The Gills will document their entire September journey to Mount Everest Base Camp, sharing what they hope will be “captivating visuals and compelling stories” on their Instagram channel.

(Image: BBC)

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