On April 13, 2013, mom left this world. She had achieved almost everything on her bucket list. Twice. I would conquer my first summit in her honor. I would throw her ashes off the top of Mt. Adams in Washington State and then I would plan to summit another. And another. And another. No physiological demands required to summit any peak in this world would amount to the mental and physical strength mom displayed, or is required of any other cancer patient. But I would summit anyway. And thus began the evolution of Mission Summit. Mission summit was born in a garage in Charlotte, North Carolina where our first banner and summit flag was designed just before summiting Mt. Hood in Oregon and Mt. Baker in Washington. The mission is to help fund the fight agaisnt cancer. I have a personal connection with a group that did so very much for my mother; The Rena Tarbet Cancer Center in McKinney, Texas. This center helps to provide for those who do not have the means to pay for important comforts (blankets, nutritious snacks, vitamins, wigs, slippers, robes, etc) while they endure their treatments and continue to fight for their lives. This cancer center gave mom five years of quality life, and quality time to spend with her family. Mission summit believes all cancer patients deserve the same. We represent a passion for the outdoors combined with a chance to give back.