This spring Gigi Imperatore, Greenwich High School class of 2019, who is a student at American University, is planning a May 2020 trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak.
“Hiking has always been my passion and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro is a dream,” Gigi said.
Gigi will be part of a team of American University and George Washington University students who will make the trek while raising money for The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation.
B+ provides financial assistance to families of children with cancer, in addition to funding research and raising awareness. The foundation honors the life of Andrew McDonough, who bravely battled leukemia with his “Be Positive” attitude and B+ blood type, but died in 2007.
“Life moves pretty fast, and we can’t take it for granted,” Gigi said. “I’m ready to live my life and take on the biggest challenge, and mountain, of my life.”
Half of the funds Gigi raises will be donated to the B+ Foundation. Her fundraising goal is $5,500.
“Every day, child cancer patients take on the challenge of cancer. It’s a hike over some of life’s most difficult mountains. To get these children to their beautiful summit and me to Mount Kilimanjaro, I need help,” Gigi said.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that mountain.” ― Jack Kerouac
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