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My name is Sabrina Simpson. I am 17 years old and I am a senior at The International School of Kuala Lumpur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is my 12th Annual Challenge to raise money for good cause. In the past, I always ran a long distance challenge in order to raise money for some kind of Cancer Research.
Last year I did the Ramblin Rose Triathlon in Raleigh on Sunday, May 20, 2012. It was a huge success, and after long hours of hard-work and pain, I finally reached my goal! However, I still want to continue raising money. We all know someone's life whose has been affected by this horrible disease! This year, however, I wanted to switch it up a little bit. I wanted to see if I could somehow expand my fundraising by adding my art works to a new physical challenges - mountain climbing.
Kota Kinabalu mountain, the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia, is what I aimed to climb on March 27th this past year. It took 2 days to hike up to the summit, which is at 13,435 feet above sea level. The first day we climbed 8 km to a hut where we spent the evening. The next day (around 2am), we set off to climb 2 km to the summit. There were moments in which I thought I couldn’t go any further but nonetheless, I did it! Although my pain only lasted for a mere 48 hours, those suffering through cancer therapy suffers many days/weeks of pain.
In addition to climbing KK mountain, I have painted a business sign and designed a t-shirt for our school International Festival event. All the proceeds obtained from these projects went directly to AICR. I feel that this not only contributes to a good cause, but also puts my God gifted skill to a good use. Art is something I love to do, and I feel that I can effectively portray emotion and meaning through my artwork.
For 12 years now, I would like to bring awareness to cancer, the killing disease that has affected so many people in our lives. I have lost my grandfather, and my aunt Lydia to cancer. Now, I have friends, young and old who are fighting this disease which attacks different organs in different people. This is why I am so passionate about raising money for Cancer Research! I would like to ask for your help in reaching my goal for 2013 of raising $2000 USD for the scientists of AICR to do research and find a cure for this awful disease. Your support in fighting cancer is very much needed. Please help by donating to the American Institute for Cancer Research here on this page.
With much gratitude,