“I didn’t make it,” were Julie Quillan’s first words when we met to talk about the end of her journey to “Climb Against the Odds” for the Breast Cancer Fund in memory of her friend, Tammy Herrera.
The ascension to the 14,000-foot peek of Mt. Shasta was the culmination of months of training and fundraising for Julie and the 28-member international team.
The morning of the climb, Julie says she felt sluggish and after a partial attempt, she reported feeling dizzy and her trainer sent her back.
“You never know when it’s just not your day,” says Julie, in her always-positive way. She thought she would be more disappointed, but after some reflection, she is excited for the survivors who made it and feels lucky for the experience of meeting so many cancer survivors and their families.
She was able to experience the climb through the eyes of those battling cancer and was inspired by the climbers who turned their illness into a positive experience.
“I never got to ask Tammy what it was like to be sick, so I learned from my teammates what Tammy went through,” she said. “I had lots of Tammy moments while training. That was my time to grieve. In a way, my journey ended when training ended.”
Always determined, Julie, her husband Wolfgang, and four other team members have formed “Team Mulligan.” They will continue training and attempt the summit next year.
Click HERE for more information about the climb or to contribute to the Breast Cancer Fund. To see photographs and read more about Julie’s climb, visit Julie’s blog. To read Part 1 of “Climb Against the Odds,” click HERE. To read Part 2 of “Climb Against the Odds”, click HERE.
Adam Mankoski is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop.