I know this story is only tangentially related to climbing, but I'm hoping to share this for a worthy cause.
After a ton of hiking and climbing, I was dying for a professional massage, a $50 luxury I have maybe once every 2 years. Just when I was about to head off, I logged onto Facebook and saw the latest update from Humans of New York.
The founder has been diligently interviewing and chronically stories from the pediatrics unit of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. They were stories of both triumphs and pain, helplessness and perseverance of the families, kids, and dedicated health care professionals, researchers, and volunteers involved.
If you have a moment, please have a look at the story of these amazing individuals both big and small and consider donating. Today is the last day of their fundraising.
I should clarify that I am not affiliated with HONY or the hospital in any way. I am just a regular climber w/ sore muscles who has been touched by the dedication of everyone involved in raising $2 million (of which 100% will go toward the research since the site hosting the fundraising does not charge fees) and realized where the massage funds should go to instead. Perhaps there would be others out there who might consider swapping new cam funds for the same :)